...or how GEMA manages to piss me off 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 52 weeks a year.
Honestly, what is this company even doing other than sitting around and putting restrictions on exactly THOSE videos that I want to see. And quite a few of those videos are posted on YouTube by the ORIGINAL OWNERS of the recorded material. (cinemaforpeacegala/ and CharlemagneMusical/Charlemagne Productions Ltd included).
I do believe those places upload stuff on YouTube for it to be seen, and NOT to not be seen.
How the living fuck is the presentation of the "Cinema for Peace Honorary Award 2012" something that triggers the following message?
"Unfortunately, this UMG
music-content is not available in Germany, because GEMA has not granted
the respective music publishing rights."
Seriously, no one is singing there. A Bosnian director is introducing a British actor who is giving the award to an American actress who had her debut in directing in this movie (and as far as I could view it through a cheap web proxy, no one at all was singing there).
So honestly, what the fuck. Why would you block a Cinema for Peace event, in which directors and actors want to show us (and tell us from their own experience) that War is just the same bunch of bollocks as GEMA restrictions are. (Granted, a few people will slap me now and point out that War is far worse, which I know it is, but I *do* feel at War with GEMA most of the time).
Now from a peace event to a holy roman emperor: Charlemagne.
Said British actor that appeared at the above Cinema for Peace event is also a very talented singer (and also a descendant of Charlemagne), and the YouTube channel of his Charlemagne Productions Ltd uploaded some audio clips for example "Song Rehearsal 1" from the "Charlemagne: By The Sword And The Cross" concept album. Which I also cannot view other than by means of proxy, because:
"Unfortunately, this video
is not available in Germany, because it may contain music for which GEMA
has not granted the respective music rights"
So honestly, what gives GEMA the right to block those videos?
1) They are official.
2) They are supposed to be seen/heard.
3) They are in this form NOT for sale on CD or DVD (else I would buy them).
But not only videos of my favorite actor are affected, also videos of my favorite singer, my favorite wrestler and my favorite criminals.
I do think there is a conspiracy going on.
Someone up in their GEMA chair (or someone who has their GEMA chair up their arse) is sitting on YouTube censoring videos with the people I admire for the sole reason to annoy the living daylights out of me.
Or those evil GEMA people don't like my favorites, or like them so much that they want to keep 'em all for themselves.
Why don't get Rap or Justin Bieber videos restricted. THOSE atleast deserve to be restricted for bad language, bad singing and generally being bad. But noo, those you can watch without GEMA restrictions. *vomits*
I wish those people would man up and tell us WHY they restrict videos. Because just sitting there and restricting them for no good or even valid reasons is just a bunch of shit, crap, bollocks or whatever else you might want to call it.
It's like giving your child a pet rabbit for birthday, then slaughtering it mercilessly, and demanding that your child eats this pet rabbit, which it already got emotionally attached to.
Now, I will not say that Censorship hasn't always been an issue in this country (because it has been) but back in the days of the Nazis you could at least see the movies that were approved by them. Nowadays, you probably couldn't even do that, considering the GEMA would find something about any video, be it the brass band in it, that they'd have to restrict.
This little poem came to my mind, after being inspired by a bunch of great people from all over the world. <3
"GEMA said I, thing of evil! - GEMA still, you heartless devil! -
By the clouds that share above us - by the site we all adore,
tell this soul with sorrow laden, where can I watch videos now!
On this site, by GEMA haunted - tell me truly, I implore -
Is there - is there reason to restrict - tell me - tell me, I implore!
Quoth the GEMA, "Nevermore"."