I actually got this news last week, but was slow to update it due to my impending wedding. It’s keeping me very busy! Anyways, DJ Fac posted an update to the details of what happened.
First of all, the reason why I didn’t post anything about this earlier is, I just didn’t want to cause a stir as long as the criminal case was running. I just informed some of the german and austrian producers via facebook. But now the full story…
On the 8th of April 2010 at 6.30 a.m. 4 police men came to my home with a search warrant. They took my laptop, 2 external hard drives, a memory stick and several burned CD’s (most of them mashup collections and some shit everyone has at home). The SUISA (association of authors and publishers) and the IFPI (international federation of producers of phonograms and videograms) pressed charges for illegal file sharing on my server (my mashups) and djing without permission (yes, you need a license in Switzerland, but the funny thing is, absolutely nobody seems to know that here…)
On the same day I was looking for a lawyer to help me and to manage this. He contacted the claimants and after 2 months and reams of discussions, he accomplished a settlement. On the 16th of June 2010 I signed this settlement to avoid a court procedure. Now I have to pay CHF 4’700.– to the SUISA, CHF 4’700.– to the IFPI plus the court costs of CHF 3’000.– Furthermore, if they catch me doing these things again (djing without permission or file sharing), I have to pay a contract penalty of CHF 10’000.–… at least I get back all my confiscated stuff… On saturday the 19th of June 2010 I finally received an act of disposal which says, that the proceeding is stopped. At the very last moment…
The reason why I don’t post scans of the documents is, I asked my lawyer and he said, no posting until the period of objection is over (this will be at the end of august, because of the recess).
And there you have it! I am always amazed that law enforcement would dedicate so much time, money and effort to chase down people making mashups, when there are other serious criminals like drug dealers, murderers and rapists running around. I guess it comes back to the all might dollar? Overall the more serious issue is that the music industry and the law are slow to accept that the medium and content sharing is changing. The demand is there, but the people in charge are refusing to change.
I’d say that historically, the more you fight a widely supported change, the more definite that it is going to happen.
If you would like to donate a bit of money to help DJ Fac in paying off his fine you can find more info on the facebook group page.