Germans canít see meteorite YouTube videos due to copyright dispute
By Cyrus Farivar
Last week, when the world was watching crazy Russian meteorite videos on YouTube, the Germans weren't.
As a result of an ongoing dispute between Google (YouTube's parent company) and GEMA, the primary German performance rights organisation, 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 a recent 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.