The price of censorship…Rammstein wins damages from German censors who effectively banned a 2009 CD from general sale

Posted: 17 June, 2016 in EU
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Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da The regional court in Bonn has decided that the German censors who effectively banned Rammstein”s CD, Liebe ist für alle da , acted illegally and must pay the band 15,000 euros in damages.This assessment from the Bonn Regional Court upheld the decision of the Cologne Administrative Court. The ban was triggered by the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons in Bonn.

The rock band had sued the Federal Republic of Germany for just under 70,000 euros. In 2009, the Federal Department had put the CD on the index for youth-endangering media, because one of the songs titled I hurt you you was classified as brutalizing and immoral.

The ‘classification’ banned all promotion and advertising for the CD and imposed suffocating restrictions at the point of sale. The ban continued for 6 months until the Cologne Administrative Court lifted the ban.

The Bonn judge said the censors had weighed insufficiently between artistic freedom and youth protection. However the court downsized the amount of damages from that requested.

The parties now have one month to consider this proposal.

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