Anti-piracy group fined for not paying artist royalties on anti-piracy ad

Song that was supposed to be for a local film festival made its way onto commercial DVDs

You know those ads that play before a DVD menu, reminding you that piracy is a crime, and that stealing copyrighted art is still stealing? Well, in a cruel twist of irony, an anti-piracy organization that produces such ads has been fined for stealing music to put in its ads.

The group, Brein, commissioned musician Melchior Rietveldt in 2006 to compose a song to serve as the soundtrack for an anti-piracy video at a local film festival. Under these conditions, he accepted the job. However, in 2007 Rietveldt discovered that his song was also being used on a Harry Potter DVD that was being distributed globally.

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