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Marco Raaphorst

Great post!

Copyright for music is probably one of the most restricted ones. No fair use, even sampling less than one second of an old record needs clearance of the original work!

So if you're doing art successfully, you need a lawyer too these days...


Keep the fight against those mind-blinded politicians!!
In Spain we are going the same way where the music industry is in close connection with the government, and the citizens seem to have no power.

Richard GrosJean

So much for Finland having the least corrupted government in the world...

Tero Lehto

JUkka Liedes, director at Ministry of education (minedu.fi) in Finland and leader of the groundwork for the new copyright act, has also got a financial reward for this work for the benefit of music industry in 1991.

This was reported by Helsingin Sanomat last Friday (in Finnish only, sorry):

""Liedes on myös saanut ääniteteollisuuden etujärjestöltä ÄKT:ltä Erikois-Emma-palkinnon vuonna 1991. 'Epäilemättä taustalla olivat ne merkittävät ansiot, jotka hänellä oli tekijänoikeuslainsäädännössä tuottajasuojan parantamiseksi', muisteli ÄKT:n toiminnanjohtaja Arto Alaspää palkinnon jakoperusteita ... "

Original article: http://www.helsinginsanomat.fi/tuoreet/artikkeli/1101980976832

Needless to say, there's definitely no corruption in Finland. ;-)


It's good to hear whenever the people speak up. There is a related law proposition in Sweden where the government wants to take up taxes for sold blank CD:s and DVD:s to pay large music companies for losses through downloaded music.
This is just insane when you think of the small bands who make and sell their own albums. After the law they have to basically pay the large companies for their own music. It just plain sucks.


Here in Holland you already pay copyright for empty CD's and DVD's. It's not much, it's a weird idea, since indeed the money is only going to the big compagnies, but at the same time it's a reassuring idea. But I doubt is that's the target of this rule.

Got a friend that was against illigal copieing, and now he pays too. He changed his mind saying "If I pay for it, I want to have the benefits, and if I pay for it, I'm entiteled to copy and download".

So I don't think it's that bad.

One thing I'm missing in the articel: it sais that talking about copyright can be punished under the new law, but it doesn't give more info about it. I think that's a bit against the freedom of speech thought, which almost every country has put in his laws.

Ahti Vänttinen

Just a short note to correct two things. First, Lauri Kaira does not lead Gramex. Hannu Marttila does. Also, to say that ESEK distributes Gramex monies is a little misleading. Gramex distributes the bulk of the money itself, but ESEK provides production support/grants for artists/musicians and producers. In this respect, ESEK grants also some money from the Ministry of Education.

jani koivisto

Here in Finland we also pay copyright for empty cd's and dvd's.
Ja suomeksi: Mehän maksamme tääällä jo kasettimaksua, joka perustuu oikeuteen äänittää/kopioida musiikkia mistä tahansa. eli uusi laki on ristiriidassa kasettimaksun kanssa!

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