A group of indignados are having a party outside the doors of the SGAE offices in Madrid, I’m told, in celebration. No doubt the booze is being supplied free by local barowners, who have as much reason as anyone to celebrate. The chant is teddy, chorizo, ya ha llegado su San Benito… Teddy, you crook, your San Benito [day of reckoning] has come. I feel a bit like the peasent underling who has just been Continue reading Party at the gates of the SGAE
The SGAE is well known as the b*stards who collect money for copyright usage in Spain. Some of their merits: -Closing down school plays because they demand money for the music performed -Stopping fiestas because of the copyright of the music -Visiting all bars in the land and demanding money for the music played there, with a zeal that would make ETA “revenue collectors” look like pansies. -Increasing the cost of all music players, blank Continue reading SGAE raided for corruption and fraud
The BSA (Business Software Alliance) has sent me a letter. I assume it’s a form letter, and not directed to me alone. The BSA is a world-wide organisation representing major software companies in the Fight Against Piracy. Maybe you got one, too? In case you didn’t, it’s a rather heavy handed and stern letter, warning the businesses of Spain, in a paternal fashion akin to a Victorian father reminding his son of the Rules of Continue reading Business Software Alliance takes a leaf out of SGAE’s book
The EU has ruled, after a request by a Barcelona high court, that the much hated SGAE digital canon on CD’s, DVD’s and recording equipment is probably illegal, if applied indiscriminatly. EU court rules Spain’s “digital copyright tax” illegal Hurrah!