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German nightclubs under threat


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German nightclubs under threat

Berlin’s legendary night clubs are feeling threatened by proposals to raise the fees for playing music.

Some say this would mean many clubs closing or going underground as they did after the fall of the Berlin wall.

Dr Motte a German DJ who was one of the founders of the German techno scene at the end of the Cold War said: “The threat is that night clubs could be killed off, not only in Berlin but all over Germany. This would mean the end of our music culture that has been going strong for 20 years.”

The country’s music rights agency, Gema, said the levy is fair and necessary to help support artists, labels and publishers in the ailing music industry.

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