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Belgium Forbade Reading to Kids

Belgium Forbade Reading to Kids

Added: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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This story shows how in touch the creative industry is with reality: one of the Belgian copyright organizations has decided that if someone read a story to kids they automatically were a pirate


In other words, even if you read them aloud some great children’s classics like The World of Poo, by Terry Pratchet, you can well expect the entertainment industry to slap you with a huge damages lawsuit. That’s how SABAM sees the situation – a pro-copyright outfit from Belgium, engaged in collecting money for music royalties.

It turned out that SABAM has written to local libraries all over the country, notifying them that they are starting to charge fees, as the libraries engage volunteers to read books to children. De Morgen, one of the local libraries in Dilbeek, like plenty of other libraries throughout the country, has confirmed that they already been contacted by SABAM. The latter appeared to be outraged that once a fortnight the library invites a volunteer to read stories to ten kids. The representative of the library admitted that they have no money to pay people for reading to children.

Well, volunteers work for free. But SABAM demands around 250 Euro annually to let the library read the books to children. Weird as it may appear, SABAM did confirm that this move was true and it wasn’t just an early April Fool’s joke.

According to the local media, the copyright outfit is already facing court trial for the accusations of falsifying accounts to cover up bribe payments, embezzlement, abuse of trust, and copyright fraud. In other words, the entity seems like simply looking for more ways to raise cash. Nevertheless, this does show the sort of mentality that the creative industry has in hunting people accused of online piracy.

March 21st,2012

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Date:  Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Comments (14) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-03-21 14:24:05)
No avatarplease note: De Morgen is not a library but a newspaper and SABAM didn't confirm this, they said they charged 250 euros for the music that is played in the buildings of the library..
dude, check your sources

posted by (2012-03-21 15:39:30)
OpenMinder avatar@figetyr:

Give Sam some leeway here - his facts and sources are mostly accurate. Please go check the facts & sources yourself.

Sabam themselves said (before this information came to light) that "...libraries, as they are 'public places,' must pay royalties 'for a public reading session.'..." but since being the focus of negative publicity, have since claimed that the whole situation was a "misunderstanding" (go-to phrase for all those caught with their pants around their ankles after speaking their minds before thinking about the consequences and repercussions).

Informative articles such as Sam's (and all of ET for that matter) are just that - informative. They are meant to stimulate your mind and pique your curiosity, so that you are motivated to research the topic(s) on your own (as any critical thinker should/would), thereby uncovering the truth more succinctly.

If you want pure facts and impartiality, go to the library and do research yourself, or invest in encyclopedias or subscribe to various "trusted" on-line news information.

Sam's articles, while often grammatically suspect, are a good focal point from which to base your investigative journey's....a central hub, if you will.

Dude, don't be a killjoy - cut Sam some slack and appreciate his efforts (do you have the time to research, extrapolate, collate and present such luminous information on a daily basis?), or simply don't read his articles.

Thanks again, Sam. Keep up the good work!

posted by ET loverSuperman (2012-03-21 16:01:09)
tonymengela avatar@#1 you obviously work for copywrite people, new account and ignorant statements of negativity. These guys are just trying to soak people for money, it would be different to go after people if they were actually profiting from materials that that are not licensed to profit from that item. Sharing is a nonprofit noncommercial thing, I think it's time for people to just rise up and say enough

posted by Turtle (2012-03-21 19:07:45)
D4T4 avatarSo how much do I have to pay for reading my kids a bed time story? It's getting that way.

posted by Blocked (2012-03-21 20:53:28)
POOHMAGIK avatarTo think i actually would wake up, get a cup of coffee to read this crap. saM ill give you a lot of credit most of your stories are great(a little one sided, but great,) for info. This stuff well, not for me.

posted by (2012-03-21 22:06:01)
No avatarstupid nd senseless ................

posted by (2012-03-22 02:27:23)
Biggest_Baddest_Wolf avatarIt's not the first time these copyright-toting money-grabbers go after libraries.
They did try it here in the Netherlands before by going after the music being played in libraries, by going after people reading to others, and even by going after schools that made their students read books and then having to discuss lines specifically from those books - yup, that's right, they tried to be "that" organization:
[teacher] - Okay Billy, how can we tell that in chapter five, Oscar the Bunny wasn't talking about carrots?
[student Billy] - Because in line six Oscar said specifically, "Onions make me cry and I don't like their taste".
[teacher] - Very well, Billy, you get a ten for that!
[copyright-bot that just busted in through the window an starts to stomp kids and the teacher into a bloody pulp] - EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

(Billy getting a ten, for you folks more attune to the US and some other educational systems, the ten would be the same as getting an A. As for the rest of that humoristically intended over-exhaggerated example, it may seem absurd but yes, several years back there was a copyright-organization here in the Netherlands that tried very hard to stick it to the schools for making kids read books...)

posted by Turtle (2012-03-22 03:04:11)
D4T4 avatarThanks for taking the time out to write these articles Sam, I'll apologise for POOHMAGIK on his behalf, Premenstrual Tension can be a real bummer. Lol.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2012-03-22 16:55:21)
fusseltier avatarthat has to be against EU laws and not allowed to be done...

posted by Blocked (2012-03-23 03:30:50)
No avatarnow thats funny
SABAM idiots

posted by Blocked (2012-03-23 03:32:37)
No avatarand thanks SaM

posted by (2012-03-23 18:50:55)
No avatarNext they will copyright certain languages. We are a slave race for these organizations.

posted by (2012-03-24 14:06:21)
edddy avatarmaybe next will be history books, the schools will pay to teach our kids.

posted by (2012-03-26 05:34:17)
No avatarWill they have to seize tricycles,model porches& swing set & pocket money

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