On 30 June more than 2000 clubs across Germany halted the decks for five minutes to demonstrate opposition

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The Club Commission, which represents Berlin’s nightlife industry, says that an average-sized club that now pays €28,000 (£22,456) a year would face a bill of €180,000. “The clubs are fearful for their existence,” said Lutz Leichsenring, spokesman for the Club Commission. A campaign against Gema’s move has already collected more than 200,000 signatures and 5,000 people demonstrated on 25 June outside the collections agency’s summer party in Berlin. On 30 June, more than 2,000 clubs across Germany halted the decks for five minutes to demonstrate their opposition to the changed royalties.

The German patent office is assessing the legality of the new fee structure, but its decision is expected to take at least a year, which may be too late for many clubs.

via Berlin clubbers fear royalties hike will stop the all-night beats | Music | guardian.co.uk.

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