We reported last week that lawyers for two major German newspapers had run amok, demanding heavy fines and costs from artists who quoted from favourable reviews on their websites. It’s the newspapers’ valuable copyright, you see.
Well, it has just got one degree worse. According to a comment on a German chat site, the Frankfurt Opera is facing demands of 7,000 Euros for blazoning quotes from reviews in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. I have sought clarification, but none has yet come through.
Perhaps Roland Gerschermann, the newpspaper executive behind these measures, might like to come clean on Slipped Disc.
At a time when newspaper sales are going through the floor, one can hardly think of a cleverer way of alienating core users and readers.
(Here’s one where the quotes have already been blanked out)