[RussiaToday] Sound of irony: Copyright firm fined after stealing music for anti-piracy ad
A music royalty collection agency in the Netherlands got trapped by the very copyright rules it was intended to protect. The company has been fined for stealing music from its client, using it without his permission and failing to pay royalties. [...]
In June, Buma/Stemra paid Rietveld another 31,000 euro. But this week the Amsterdam District Court ruled that Buma/Stemra had indeed been negligent in their handling of the case.
They were fined 20,000 euro, ordered to pay Rietveldt’s legal costs, and told to continue efforts to pay all money due to the composer while keeping him fully informed of any and all developments.