Germany: Rock band sues government for “indexing” album

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Hard rock band Rammstein is suing the German government for 66,000 Euros (approx. $75,000 USD) in damages for essentially banning their 2009 album ‘Liebe ist für alle da’ upon its release, when they placed it on a restricted list that limited its potential success, reported Deutsche Welle on 5 April 2016.

The band claims they had to destroy or store almost 85,000 copies of the album when the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons made the decision that one song on the album, ‘Ich tu dir weh’, and pictures inside the album were “brutalizing” and “immoral”.

This led the state arm to “index” the entire album, meaning that “distributors of that medium are then no longer permitted to sell, rent out, present it in public or broadcast it” and advertising is also forbidden, online rock news site Blabbermouth.net reported on 7 April 2016.

The Administrative Court in Cologne removed the album from the index list after half a year, claiming that it was unlawful and neglected artistic freedom considerations.

The case will be heard in the summer of 2016.

Sources:

» Examiner.com – 12 April 2016:
Rammstein take on German government over censorship issues

» Blabbermouth.net – 7 April 2016:
Rammstein sues Germany for placing album on restricted list

» Deutsche Welle – 5 April 2016:
Rammstein sues Germany over indexed album