German music website De:bug has further detailed the fees which GEMA is proposing to charge DJs with.
The powerful German law and licensing agency hit headlines last year after Berghain was threatened with closure due to royalties issues and adding laptop surcharges to DJs.
This time around, in a proposal that is as confusing as it is long, GEMA want to introduce surcharges on copied music.
The article on De:bug explains as follows:
"...if you play a track that is a copied version of something you bought legally (or got for free as a promo), for example on a CD you burnt or on a USB stick, you might have to pay GEMA a license for copying. Even if you play tracks from an external hard drive this license applies. It applies to tracks you might copy from a backup to your computer too. For tracks to require a license, it is not necessary that you play them while you are doing your best DJ set ever in Germany, but to carry them with you with the intention of playing them while in a club is enough."
The cost for each one of said 'copied' tracks would be €0.13, and GEMA are even proposing package deals where DJs pay €50 per 500 tracks.
De:bug also explains how GEMA intend to enforce this legislation:
"GEMA imagines you will make a contract with them, that might even enable them to look through your computer, just in case you did anything wrong. Yes, we think this is strange too."
These proposals are apparently going to come into effect on April 1, but GEMA are not joking.