“Last week, when the world was watching crazy Russian meteorite videos on YouTube, Germans weren’t.
As a result of an ongoing dispute between Google (YouTube’s parent company) and GEMA, the primary German performance rights organization, a number of Russian YouTube videos have been blocked from within Germany. The reason? These videos contain background music playing from a Russian car radio.
This is just the latest example of a ridiculous situation that has developed in Germany. According to arecent study by OpenDataCity, more than 60 percent of the top 1,000 YouTube videos are unavailable in Germany because Google assumes the music rights might be owned by GEMA.
Germany doesn’t have an equivalent of the American fair use provision, which this would almost certainly fall under in the United States.