Back in December, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN aggressively denied allegations of bilking an artist that appeared in its anti-piracy spots, despite massive, unauthorized use beyond the initial agreement. At the same time, royalty collections society Buma/Stemra was accused of seriously underpaying the artist, while offering concession payments to make the problem go away. Well, just this week, an Amsterdam District Court judge has ordered proper payments to the artist, with proper accounting along the way. Not sure if you want to laugh or cry after watching this spot, which first appeared back in 2006. It's now on 'every DVD' according to one joking (sort of)
The situation started innocently enough, when Dutch musician Melchior Rietveldt was asked by BREIN to provide music for an anti-piracy spot, to be used at a local film festival. That spot was then used - without Rietveldt's permission - in dozens of DVD titles, including a Harry Potter DVD accidentally discovered by the artist. In total, Rietveldt's work may have been played billions of times without compensation, and it appears that BREIN did little to control this distribution.