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15 apr 16  orbital mech

01 feb 16  bataclan survivor

06 dec 15  detuning in my head

30 nov 15  no time for conservatives

24 nov 15  messaging fragmentation

17 nov 15  shot 'burgerzaken'

17 oct 15  back home for now

15 oct 15  they think i had a stroke

05 aug 15  triscuits and ritz

02 aug 15  imperative

01 aug 15  living for doing or vice versa

28 jul 15  iñárritu

03 jul 15  redoing ef budget

23 may 15  eye full, family visit etc

04 apr 15  hossizass

15 mar 15  imperfect anarchy

12 mar 15  five bullets / one of the selected

24 feb 15  blinding

08 feb 15  hand on me as on sofa non being ninguem

31 dec 14  regional insults

30 dec 14  soup again

22 dec 14  'sensual'

01 dec 14  advice to john smith

04 nov 14  other 19

18 oct 14  which film ideas michele likes

16 oct 14  differences between vanunu and snowden

06 oct 14  rough idea for a short film

30 sep 14  made new showreel

05 sep 14  tricm1 project draft one just finished

16 aug 14  soup nine

04 aug 14  slavery is natural?

04 aug 14  'doesn't work'

24 jul 14  my stay non-aligned message

24 jul 14  NL dead coming

18 jul 14  between now and now

17 jul 14  much killing in palestine

10 jul 14  over nooit

09 jul 14  wk interesse

08 jul 14  soep 3

06 jul 14  soep 2

03 jul 14  i made soup

17 jun 14  much in common

10 jun 14  joined adobe 'creative cloud'

31 may 14  what happened today

21 may 14  amstergasm not much interest

14 may 14  'pbt' movie

13 may 14  roof conflict

07 may 14  whence myth

06 may 14  why we get white hair

06 may 14  outboard knowledge

01 may 14  intenser dreams when intellectually challenged

26 apr 14  'conservative christians' who aren't

17 apr 14  software update mayhem

06 apr 14  one and then another

04 apr 14  who traitors are

30 mar 14  girth

19 mar 14  calm down things

13 mar 14  out with george

13 mar 14  they fired pam

19 feb 14  waarom ik van amsterdam houd

05 feb 14  outside of time where are you going

02 feb 14  went to haarlem and at new york pizza

02 feb 14  people i knew who died

30 jan 14  morality and politics

29 jan 14  dream of feynman's glasses

28 jan 14  it's a natural condition of non coercion

26 jan 14  nantko tree

19 jan 14  vrankrijk first time

18 jan 14  amstergasm.com

14 jan 14  laptop quiet

11 jan 14  a mother with shelter problem

03 jan 14  reading journal

29 dec 13  using law to persecute minorities

28 dec 13  section 377

27 dec 13  must go thru dark place but there's some light

27 dec 13  pleading

27 dec 13  pope francis

22 dec 13  nicole left, aaron visited

10 dec 13  'a bit of a fine point'

10 dec 13  my only problem with socialism is government

08 dec 13  nonviolence as end as well as means

04 dec 13  why not lie to a child

01 dec 13  mind writing a joke while dreaming

01 dec 13  i went to münchen

12 nov 13  far above cayuga's waters

12 nov 13  proton vs angel

28 oct 13  kissing a woman's hand

25 oct 13  gooey

21 oct 13  write your own tax budget

21 oct 13  pro-science anti-science

04 oct 13  ordered a handycam

30 sep 13  a hobby: make language

30 sep 13  went out three nights in a row

23 sep 13  fine line messaging

27 aug 13  beyond meaningless

17 aug 13  messages from 'dave'

13 aug 13  bread faster maybe

03 aug 13  being careful of what to believe

01 aug 13  philosophy is fashion

30 jul 13  film 'privacy is over' on youtube

23 jul 13  too warm for amsterdam

21 jul 13  more ideas for better editor

20 jul 13  finished anro

20 jul 13  anger and fear drawing bad luck

01 jul 13  majoritarianism?

25 jun 13  the concealment

23 jun 13  love, life, death etc

16 jun 13  neua yang nam chim

16 jun 13  virtues of amsterdam, new perspective

15 jun 13  weird cooking

11 jun 13  public interest

06 jun 13  bread 4

04 jun 13  manning on trial

04 jun 13  office space in NL 27% empty

04 jun 13  zurna

02 jun 13  a cow in pool

29 may 13  why did lincoln want to preserve it anyway?

28 may 13  a pill

27 may 13  crazy firing brain

19 may 13  i made bread

18 may 13  met a descendant of van niftrik

05 may 13  'shut up'

05 may 13  afternoon of gifts

02 may 13  gail taibbi

01 may 13  bangladesh building collapse

01 may 13  prejudice is uninformative

25 apr 13  a train

19 apr 13  slavery of clay

16 apr 13  bombings in boston

15 apr 13  hurting someone by not being private

08 apr 13  ella visited

06 apr 13  anxiety dreams about filmmaking

03 apr 13  discorporeal entities

02 apr 13  got interviewed by julia

15 mar 13  conspiracy theories are getting religious

08 mar 13  two things about childhood

07 mar 13  going to vienna tomorrow

07 mar 13  youtube and nobility

04 mar 13  warmer

23 feb 13  forgiveness volunteers

22 feb 13  contrarian views of specific wars

06 feb 13  north korean fantasy vid of space travel and destruction

03 feb 13  minimum ecosystem

03 feb 13  nantko's funeral

01 feb 13  meaning

31 jan 13  dinner at 'amarcord'

27 jan 13  not remembering people

25 jan 13  n fly is no more

20 jan 13  unbelievably advanced technology

19 jan 13  too many subscribers

16 jan 13  'extraordinary'

09 jan 13  keyframes: ALL

08 jan 13  'walk me through it'

08 jan 13  slow uploads

07 jan 13  anarchy test

06 jan 13  a file got damaged

02 jan 13  modern language

01 jan 13  exporting interview

30 dec 12  captivity

29 dec 12  tests at zest

26 dec 12  wfc3 told me about uncertainty

26 dec 12  processing old ntsc

26 dec 12  mlp fim

25 dec 12  stuff i thought everybody's mom taught them

25 dec 12  mouse fear

24 dec 12  i went out in the daylight

21 dec 12  malala just behind obama

20 dec 12  dinner with ilse and chris

18 dec 12  2000 empty houses in centrum

12 dec 12  north korea launches

10 dec 12  finished 'vienna escapes'

06 dec 12  editing software better

03 dec 12  film as perfume

01 dec 12  finished interview log

30 nov 12  kinda took thursday off

29 nov 12  almonds

28 nov 12  needless brain surgery

27 nov 12  pani visits

26 nov 12  the feeling of i can't help

25 nov 12  thanksgiving dinner at tong

25 nov 12  anro video file sorting

22 nov 12  i can't remember everything

22 nov 12  tom & courtney came

20 nov 12  working on thanksgiving

19 nov 12  dreamed of being in love

18 nov 12  drones in america

06 nov 12  remarks on secession

30 oct 12  a great storm and vitriol

26 oct 12  one reason i like whisperers

24 oct 12  all my fragile

20 oct 12  color grading macros for NLE

16 oct 12  anonymity madness

11 oct 12  malala yousafzai has been shot

10 oct 12  jude is dead

03 oct 12  cameras lately

03 oct 12  met heidi

22 sep 12  i took a day off yay

16 sep 12  a lot of socializing

11 sep 12  saw jim ball

02 sep 12  apophenia

02 sep 12  tutu damn

28 aug 12  sync drift weirdness in fcp

23 aug 12  fcp export mystery

21 aug 12  ended up at candela

21 aug 12  misleading news headlines

18 aug 12  drinking by multatuli

12 aug 12  wyborowa's gone

30 jul 12  sent out some invoices

27 jul 12  30000 lines a day?

20 jul 12  syria situation

18 jul 12  getting close to the edge with facebook

13 jul 12  went to peenemünde

07 jul 12  buma stemra: i don't trust em

07 jul 12  organization > organism

05 jul 12  buma stemra

05 jul 12  apollo hate

04 jul 12  higgs boson

02 jul 12  no future in art

02 jul 12  zie me staan: people like it

02 jul 12  filmed interview

14 jun 12  might as well be

07 jun 12  einstein isn't

05 jun 12  love is less than three

31 may 12  i heard a horn

26 may 12  zms progress

16 may 12  'race is insubstantial'

13 may 12  soulfly

06 may 12  something else i should write, dammit

06 may 12  emergence and anarchy

30 apr 12  back from paris shoot

22 apr 12  train collision

15 apr 12  i hate time zones. got utc clock in corner.

15 apr 12  unproductive

09 apr 12  saturday night went to chico's

07 apr 12  got new web design working

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buma stemra: i don't trust em

why i don't trust buma stemra.

buma stemra is a dual organization founded in 1913 to protect the copyrights of dutch musicians. their job is to try and collect money for the use (or misuse) of their signatory artists' works. and then give it to the artists.

and if buma stemra were only to go after users of music by artists who had signed up with them, then they would be just regular antipiracy guys. understandable.

but in the current internet ecology, whose rules of behavior are a bit squishy, buma stemra are profitting by going after any users of any music, in video or internet — not just users of their artists' works. that seems simplistic to me, but if your only goal is to make money however you can, it makes sense. in the last decade buma stemra have frequently been in the dutch news headlines because of what people (including their artists) see as abuse of power and opacity of function.

i've been explicitly told by a friend in the business that buma stemra is 'a mafia'. now that i'm reading more about it, i'm starting to understand why.

a few years back, buma stemra had dutch DVD replication companies refusing to press DVDs for anyone who didn't have a contract with buma stemra. mind you, it didn't matter if the video to be duplicated contained music by buma stemra signatories — or any music at all for that matter. you just couldn't get a DVD pressed in this country unless you had paid a license fee to buma stemra. this seems awfully strange for a company who is supposed to be fighting for the interests of dutch musicians. meanwhile buying such a license would, from what i was told, entitle you to use any music you liked, regardless whether it was from buma stemra signatory artists.

so it appeared they were simply strongarming small businesspeople to get more money however they could.

as of 2009 the controversy was over music use on internet. buma stemra wanted to invoice you if your blog embedded links to youtube films with music in them. you'd be allowed 6 films on your site if you paid them an annual fee of eur 130. they promised not to go after private families and kids, but there was nothing to prevent them from doing so. their own rules (and they are a legal monopoly) permitted them to send a bill to anybody, commercial or private user, for having embedded youtube links on their web site.

this clearly had nothing to do with appropriate copyright claims. they were simply making it up as they went along.

in 2011 two guys on the board of directors complained that a culture of secrecy and fear prevails there, and that some board members were paid extravagant salaries (dutchnews.nl). in december of that year the big fight broke out about a buma stemra board member (also a music publisher) telling one disgruntled composer that he might be able to get results — if he were given a third of the money as a commission. that conversation got recorded by a radio station and broadcast. the board member, jochem gerrits, stepped down in the wake of that storm.

now the latest thing (to be argued in court later this month) is that buma stemra would like you to pay them a fee if your web page or blog merely has an ordinary hyperlink to a radio station's site. this goes directly against something they declared in 2009 that they would not do. so it appears the promises of buma stemra are worthless.

that this anti-businesss, anti-social behavior coincides with their recurring conflicts with signatory artists who complain they are not getting paid for the use of their music, seems to me eerily consistent.

buma stemra is not clear about what they actually do with the millions they take in. while claiming to represent the interests of dutch musicians, they have failed them; perhaps that is because they are so focused on trying to collect fees from anybody using any music.

this whole thing came to my mind again the other evening when mr wong told me he has to pay eur ~1200 a year to buma stemra for permission to play background music in his restaurant. that may be common practice, but it's rapacious and evil. is every bar, café and restaurant in the netherlands paying that, or only the ones who are sufficiently intimidated?

i guess these are a few of the reasons why people hate buma stemra.

maybe it's time for the government to whip out their big old wet bibob, and abolish buma stemra once and for all. that's what they do with other groups suspected of organized crime. i think it's time to take them down, and perhaps, perhaps, replace them with something more honest and less avaricious.

and while we're waiting for that to happen, i think musicians, filmmakers and web creators of every stripe should simply ignore them.