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Melchior Rietveldt’s Music Was Used ‘Illegally’ On Anti-Piracy DVDs In Holland

MELCHIOR Rietveldt, a musician, says his music was illegally used on an anti-piracy warning at the start DVDs distributed in Holland.

He’s crying foul. He’s done the maths. If his music has been used illegally on tens of millions of Dutch DVDs, he’s due lots of royalty money. He wants at least a million euros in compensation.

His case seems tight.

Rietveldt alerted the local music royalty collecting agency Buma/Stemra. They describe themselves thus:

There are people who make music although you’ll never hear them make a sound: they are called music authors. Their efforts precede the successes of the artists who perform their works. The music that we enjoy is their intellectual property. Just like other authors, they have the right to remuneration when their works are played, sung or recorded. Buma/Stemra takes care of these matters.

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Posted: 2nd, December 2011 | In: The Consumer | Comment