This is going to be an alternative and competitor to the current monopoly of collecting society GEMA in Germany. Most of you will only know GEMA from those annoying blocking messages when locating certain YouTube videos, which go back to a legal dispute between Google (who own YouTube) and GEMA, where the two parties can’t seem to find a mutually acceptable solution as to the percentage of generated (ad) income that should go to the legal copyright holders of copyrighted material (like e.g. music).
C3S’s business model is going to allow for more flexibility in licensing and collection of royalties for all of its members. The downside for now is that C3S is not in operation yet, pending approval by Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (DPMA). According to their below linked website, they are expected to become fully operational some time in 2015, but will hand in their application with DPMA in 2014. But supporters and artists interested in taking advantage of the services of a collecting society whose founders understand and reflect the challenges of the digital age in the way they set up and offer said services to their members, can register now and immediately start using those services already in place.
A one time initial fee of 50,- EUR applies upon registration. Future membership fees will only be charged when the registered member sees any returns from licensing and collecting of royalties. In other words: If you make some money with their help, they’ll take out their membership fee from that. If you don’t make any money, you’ll still remain a member based on the initial one time payment, as far as I understand their policy correctly.
But see for yourselves:
I’m thinking of trying this service. What’s the benefit? If I have someone take care of the publishing administration of my music, I get to have an actual shot at licensing my music out for use in other works of art – e.g. film, photography etc. – or any commercial use. To get started, I need 75,-$, which unfortunately, I seriously don’t have. A kind follower of my music recently purchased my EP for 10,- $ at bandcamp, where you get to download in high quality audio for 5,- (including bonus video), but are free to pay more.
If I can get 25 people to purchase a download, I’ll make those 75,-$ required for purchasing the publishing administration services. Are you in? 🙂
Why should I choose TuneCore to be my Publishing Administrator?.
Here’s a very interesting British-German study on copyright earnings by two acknowledged experts on the subject, presented on behalf of writers. I found this in an article on SPIEGEL Online, which made a good point that there is too little fact and too many emotions present with the current “debate” on copyrights and intellectual property. I couldn’t agree more.
Das Gema-Elend: Wehrt euch endlich! – Feuilleton – FAZ. Ein erstklassiger FAZ-Artikel, der die Ungerechtigkeit des “Systems GEMA” in seiner ganzen Tragweite darstellt und gut nachvollziehbar erläutert. Ich verlasse mich zusätzlich zu meinen eigenen Beobachtungen und der daraus resultierenden GEMA-Beitrittsverweigerung auf die journalistische Sorgfalt des FAZ-Autors. Am Ende des Tages geht es mir auch weniger darum, ob das nun sauber recherchiert war oder nicht: Es geht darum, neue Ansätze zu finden und voranzubringen. Die Verwertungsmodelle, die die C3S vorstellt, mögen noch nicht umfassend sein. Aber lasst mal die lästige deutsche Gründlichkeit beiseite! Hauptsache, jemand macht mal was!
Gefunden bei den geschätzten Initiatoren der kommenden GEMA-Alternative C3S. Wer sich diesen Ideen anschliessen möchte, möge bitte die Absichtserklärung mitunterzeichnen und einsenden, auf dass die Anmeldung beim Deutschen Patent- und Markenamt erfolgreich sei!
via C3S – Caring for free culture or: The licensing model we’ve been waiting for!. To all independent artists: C3S will be the long awaited ‘revolution’ of the music industry! No less than that! At your convenience, check out the licensing and collecting model, sign the newsletter to stay posted and most importantly: Support the idea by subscribing to the initiatve at no cost now and no previous fees later, once the organization will be fully registered. This is THE THING we’ve all been waiting for!
wesbound, September 2012