Dutch bloggers to be charged for media rights

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Dutch bloggers who have Buma / Stemra music videos on their sites will have to pay for them in January.

The Netherlands – Dutch bloggers who embed music files of Dutch national copyright organisation Buma / Stemra on their sites will have to start paying for them on 1 January 2010. 

Under the new rules, site owners will have to pay EUR 22 per video or sound file they embed on their site. Their licences will also have to be renewed annually.

The organisation does not differentiate between commercial and non-profit websites of bloggers.

The new rules also apply to podcasts, download sites, streaming audio and online radio and television operating from the Netherlands.

The new regulations have been slammed by bloggers and twitterers who said Buma is only protecting the mainstream artists whose rights it is managing. They said independent musicians are generally in favour of being promoted by bloggers through embedded videos and music files.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • Steve posted:

    on 6th October 2009, 19:45:48 - Reply

    This is amusing and ridiculous. An amateur blogger could easily rack up quite a few posts at only two a day - fifteen thousand euros worth. Meanwhile, he will never pay for a single one. This means he won't post at all!

    Good job leading your industry into failure and bankruptcy, Buma/Stemra!