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.
I know when I can’t afford to buy a song and I want to hear it for free without the RIAA coming after me, I like to queue up some Russian dash-cam videos and hope some Russian with the same taste as me is blasting it on a hopefully high-quality sound system that their dash-cam has also recorded in good quality. It’s just like the real thing!