Brain forces to stop streaming music without a license

The Brain Foundation has once again forced an internet radio station to stop its activities. This time it concerns, which operated without the necessary licenses. The administrator also uploaded weekly sets from famous DJs on Usenet.

The website of the online radio station states that GeForceFM is closed with immediate effect. If the manager continues with his activities, he must pay a penalty of two thousand euros per day. Brein also ordered by means of the ex-parte order that the administrator bear the legal costs incurred by the foundation. It has not been disclosed how high that amount is.

According to Brein, the administrator also uploaded sets from famous DJs to Usenet on a large scale. He then ‘spotted’ it himself on websites such as Nzbserver, to direct people to the download location. On a weekly basis, according to the copyright watchdog, he put several sets online, including Tiësto’s Club Life, Above and Beyonds Group Therapy and Radio 538 Dance Department.

Because, according to Brein, it concerns ‘large-scale deliberate piracy that cannot be justified’, the foundation did not first summon the administrator to cease the activities, but immediately applied for an ex-parte order from the court. If the administrator had not agreed to this, he would have had to justify himself in summary proceedings.

Last week, Brein forced an online radio station that was broadcasting request numbers to stop. The administrator of that site says to come back with a valid license. Furthermore, the copyright watchdog has several ongoing investigations.