An unpleasant surprise from Warner Music in Germany: several health institutions have received a bill after taking part in the so-called global ‘Jerusalema challenge‘ on social media. This is a dance on the song Jerusalema by the South African singer and producer Master KG. The music company sends the bill because of the royalties of the song that they think should be paid, reports the German Focus Online.
Like the Germans, many healthcare workers participated in this dance challenge last year in the Netherlands and other countries. The intention was to bring some positivity during the fight against the coronavirus.
Among other things, the University Hospital from Düsseldorf and the Schön-Clinic in Heerdt received a bill on behalf of the record company for using the number. The reason for this is that they believe that “it is more important than ever that artists are paid for their music when they are used by third parties to increase their reputation”.
Unlike the University Hospital – which took the video offline – the clinic from Heerdt paid an unknown amount to Warner. This allows them to leave the video online. Other healthcare institutions have taken the videos offline for fear of a peppered account.
Whether Dutch hospitals have also received such a bill or are still waiting is unclear. At Warner Music Benelux there was no one available for comment on Wednesday afternoon.