German Kindergartens to Pay Copyright Royalties on Nursery Rhymes and Songs

 The Society for Musical Performing and Mechanical Production Rights (GEMA) contacted 36,000 daycare facilities across Germany warning them they needed to sign contracts with the agency before they can photocopy song texts.



Technically, the collection agency is correct. AKUM in Israel could do the same thing. The Shocken family who owns copyright for Bialik’s work sued Shuli Rand for not paying license when he adapted a story into a play. Technically Bialik’s nursery rhymes like נד-נד (see-saw),  קן לציפור (a bird’s nest) are equally protected, as are melodies by Nurit Hirsch, such as עושה שלום במרויו.

There are some fair use clauses in the Israel Copyright Law, but the applications are not clear-cut.

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