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February 21, 2013

You may not view this video (in Germany)

Background music prevents Germans from tuning in to Russian meteor strike.
Screen shot from YouTube.

Last week, people all over the world watched YouTube videos of meteors crashing into Russia. But when Germans hit play on some of the videos, they viewed the following message: “Sorry, this video, which includes music from SME [Sony Music Entertainment], is not available in Germany because GEMA [a German performance rights organisation] has not granted the publishing rights thereto.”
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