March 23, 2006 | By Peter Bihr |
German copyright laws suck big time. So far, the German equivalent of copyright (so-called Urheberrechtsgesetz) was quite confusing, full of holes and grey areas, and of a general suck-i-ness. Too complex and not fit for digital content, basically. Over the past few years, it’s been changed a lot, lots of new ideas, lots of input. Too bad, though, that the major label lobbyists won in the end. The new copyright law which was just passed does not only not help reduce complexity. It also makes it a crime to copy stuff even for fair use, i.e. to burn a copy for your best friend or dad or sister or what. All the bad points stayed – it’s still too complex, it’s still not fit at all for digital content. It just got a lot more hard-line. Years and years of discussions & negotiations just got blown to pieces.