Anti-Piracy Group Being Sued For Piracy

Dutch copyright watchdog, BREIN, is being sued by a musician for more than $US1 million after allegedly using his song in copyright warnings on DVDs without explicit permission. Oh my.

Musician Melchior Rietveldt was asked by BREIN to compose the song for a local film festival, but the group went on to use the song on "tens of millions" of Dutch DVDs. Rietveldt had only allowed them use of the song for the festival and discovered they used it on DVDs only when he purchased a Harry Potter movie.

Rietveldt's financial advisor estimates the value of the missing revenue to be around $US1.3 million. It's an unfortunate situation for BREIN, but the case doesn't stop there for Rietveldt.

Despite normally tough copyright laws in the Netherlands, Rietveldt is being given the run-around by royalty agencies. He's even being asked give a portion of his profits over to the royalties group Buma/Stemra by the group's board member Jochem Gerrits. That's become quite the scandal. Gerrits is being accused of corrupt practices because his conversation with Rietveldt was recorded and has temporarily resigned to focus on his defence. The issue is still ongoing, and you can read the full explanation through the link below.

Copyright Corruption Scandal Surrounds Anti-Piracy Campaign [Torrent Freak]



    But they didn't pirate the song, they just used it in their content without permission which i thought was copyright infringement not piracy.

      Except piracy is copyright infringement.

      It's using something your not meant to have because you haven't paid for it.

        Or, more correctly, 'piracy is copyright infringement because that's the terminology that the media empires have been using in public for the past several years in a futile attempt to make decision-makers take the situation more seriously. Copyright infringement doesn't sound nearly as evil as invoking images of Blackbeard and hordes of pillaging ne'er-do-wells.'

        In reality, piracy is a completely different act. It involves water, for starters.

        Someone really should do something about all those Somalian copyright infringers boarding ships off the African coast.

        Piracy is copyright infringement, but copyright infringement isn't necessarily piracy.

    Leading by example fail

    There is a difference between copyrighte infringement and what is commoinly known as 'piracy'.
    But then I guess when has facts, or the propper use of english stoped a catchy Kotaku headline?

      Whilst there is a difference, afaik all piracy is copyright infringement. There is no 'pirating' law.

        In fact, I'm poetry sure this is considered distribution, which is generally considered worse.

          That was a crap poem

            hahah shepard i was going to say the same thing but you beat me to it

    BREIN's getting off lightly, compared to some individuals out there who are being sued for hundreds of thousands for allegedly possessing just one illegal copy of a movie or song (I'm too lazy to provide any examples).

    And as for the piracy/copyright infringement argument, meh, close enough to the same thing. BREIN have produced unauthorised copies of someones else's IP. Isn't that what pirates do?

    Whatever the techincal terms is, this piece of news should be emailed to those RIAA backed group

    I wish I could see a copy of the contract they drew up wherein he agreed to write the song. Can't help but feel there may (or at least should) have been a continuance clause in there.

    Also, if a song is never copyrighted, does it still qualify as copyright infringement? How does one even copyright a song? And did the artist in this case actually copyright his?

      My understanding is that you have automatic copy-right. Completely different from patent law. I think this case will come down to what rights he signed away.

        Different countries work differently. In Australia, you have automatic copyright on anything you create. That doesn't include, though, ideas. Unless it's worked on, it isn't copyright.

        So, if this was Australia, it'd definitely be copyright infringement. Not sure about Denmark.

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