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FORUM RULES ABOUT WEB-BASED LINKS TO MUSIC AND VIDEO'S

Based on latest discussions on this forum, and studiing copyright laws, it is necessary to state out new forum mandatory rules, effective immediately, so, here we are.

LINKS TO MUSIC & VIDEOS: what is legal/what is not.
NEW RULES in the forum state:

From now on in our forum users shal NOT POST TOPICS THAT containin the following :
• Requests for or links to MP3s, music videos, or other files of questionable legality
• Bootlegs

So, please do not POST A LINK TO music or videos which does not directly originate from an officially legal site.

An OFFICIALLY LEGAL SITE is: rammstein.com or rammstein.de, universal music, a legitimate music site like MTV or VIVA. The links must be direct and linked only to the approved site. Any links which have copied and transferred the music or videos from an official legal site to ANYWHERE else are NOT OFFICIAL.

• Do not ASK FOR A LINK to music or videos. If there is a legal site for either listening or viewing, xTERNAL will provide the information in the NEWS section of www.RAMMSTEIN-EUROPE.com.

WHAT YOU CAN DO in the forums: You can DISCUSS a new song or a new video.

WHAT YOU CANNOT DO in the forums: provide illegal links or ask for links, give directions of any kind as to where something might be found (examples: file-sharing, other fansites, etc.). Screen caps will be allowed (within reason) AFTER a video has been made available through an OFFICIAL LEGAL LINK. Fan remixes of songs will be allowed (within reason) after the song has been officially released.

The above restrictions are necessary not because we are being “damn babies” or “. The reason is simply that RAMMSTEIN-EUROPE has made the decision to not be a facilitator of illegal activities involving copyrighted material. The reason for that is also clear. Rammstein’s Management has shown aggressive behaviour in combating copyright infringement.

Anyone who violates the spirit of the aforementioned expansion/explanation of what the RULES mean here as applied to music and videos (and this also includes the "making of videos") will meet up with one of the following consequences:

POST BLOCKED, LINK ERASED AND WORSE.... BANNED IF NECESSARY.

If you have ANY questions about what may or may not be acceptable here, you can always PM a Moderator and ask first before posting something that might get you in trouble here.

•any links to www.youtube.com (or other sharing sites of a similar nature)are generally not allowed.
While some videos like fan made items or spoof animations are allowed, we do not allow linking to youtube. Oftentimes there is/are illegal videos of Rammstein performances to the side of the linked videos. Actual Rammstein Videos which are very illegal to be hosted by that site - therefore we cannot allow links to youtube to be allowed.

So, links to youtube are now allowed - ONLY IF it is a fanmade video by you, and does not contain bootleg footage or footage of live performances or released performances. Stills from photos found on the net are OK. A montage is OK. Clips of released footage are NOT OK.

Please try to understand that sometimes while we may allow a certain individuals fanmade videos, and deny another persons it is usually because the content in it could get the forums in trouble.

Also if some individuals post their fanmade video and it turns out to be bootleg footage that they filmed themselves at a concert and consider that "fanmade" - then we will have to reverse the ruling on allowing fanmade videos PERIOD!

Here is an update on what is considered "fanmade".
Fanmade is fanmade. You did it yourself. Like cut and paste. You creatd everything yourself. No footage filmed by someone else no clips. Still images are OK.
For example:
If you go out and find 6 banana slugs in the yard, dress them up in LAB outfits, and put the skinniest one in a paper boat and play the music to SEEMANN on a kazoo. That is fanmade.

If you have a coverband and you do your own video or you have footage of YOUR band's performance. That is fanmade.

If you have images that you sketched of how you think the video for a song should have been and you put it to music - I think we can allow that.

Use your creativity.

IF YOU SEE VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, REPORT IT BY USING THE EXCLAMATION MARK IN THE TOP RIGHT CORNER OF RELEVANT POST.


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Interview with Paulo San Martin (Rammstein's personal tour and production assistant)

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  • Interview with Paulo San Martin (Rammstein's personal tour and production assistant)


    dw.de interviewed Paulo San Martin, for the last 10 years he have been touring with the band. He is the band's personal tour and production assistant.


    Rammstein's world tour just came to an end at Wacken. There's media hype and a dash of mysticism wherever Germany's most successful metal band goes. But the band's personal assistant wants none of it.

    It was after Pinochet's coup in Chile that Paulo San Martin and his parents were granted asylum in East Germany. At school in Berlin, the six-year-old was seated next to Christian Lorenz, a clever kid and talented pianist who took Paulo under his wing. The two become friends.

    For the last 10 years, Christian 'Flake' Lorenz and Paulo San Martin have been on tour together almost without stopping. 'Flake' is the keyboardist for Rammstein - six musicians from the former GDR, who stuck around in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district after the fall of the Wall and set out to do something new and creative. They were after music that was as provocative as it was original - and, above all, angry.

    'They want it!'

    Paulo San Martin is the band's personal tour and production assistant. Day to day, that can mean putting up signs around the artists' little village of trailers at an open air festival or getting costumes ready. Generally, San Martin has to ensure that all wishes go fulfilled and crises are averted.
    "For me, they're friends!" said Paulo San Martin during a short pause in the band's tour, adding, "And they are very ambitious artists - which is to say musicians. Rockers! They are very consistent."

    The band has always been like that, the assistant says, even when they had no money, rehearsed like crazy and performed on weekends for free. "You really noticed: They want it!"

    380,000-watt autobiography

    The band, with its 60 technicians, travels around the world like a circus. And they hire over 100 additional stagehands for each stop. Everyone has to know what's to be done with the gigantic steel stage, 50 tons of equipment and a 380,000-watt system, resulting in a show that's a mixture of light, fire, costumes and intricate props.

    "Rammstein works with theatrical elements that set the stage for six strong personalities. Not just with their outstanding use of effects and light. That goes for the lyrics too: they've experienced a thing or two. Partly it's about their personal views, partly about provocations they want to generate," San Martin says.

    Ablaze

    And the band's songs are, indeed, full of explosive material: matricide, incest, S&M fantasies, life and death, blood and decay. Rammstein prefer the extremes, and you can hardly call their approach ambiguous. Meanwhile, they've developed a certain knack for knowing when the air needs to burn or when a set of lyrics deserve a softer but macabre sense of romanticism.

    Paulo San Martin has nothing but praise for Rammstein's exaggerated artistic approach, saying, "It fascinates me how they reach the audience - with their entire show and all around the world!"

    In regions where fans don't understand the words to the songs, they find translations. "The people know what it's about," the assistant confirms.

    At the top

    It's not seldom to see the band's fans waiting for hours in the blistering sun for the overpowering dramaturgy of a Rammstein show to begin, with brutal rock music, unsettling silences, provocations and fountains of fire.

    "Ten thousand in Madison Square Garden, New York City! That's when you think you're really on top. What other German band can do that? Kraftwerk. Way back the Scorpions. But otherwise, I don't know. At that level? Rammstein's the only one in the world," says San Martin, evidently one of the band's biggest fans.

    'Rebellious anarchists'

    Part of what makes the shows run so well, Paulo San Martin says, is the band's restless drive for perfection. "It's always a challenge to work with them because they're never content. They improve their shows while on tour - everything from changing a little light bulb or a song to throwing out the whole set list."

    It all makes for a hair-raising experience for the crew, but the group's ingenuity is what die-hard fans adore about seeing Rammstein live - that and a good measure of pyrotechnics, of course.

    Now that their mammoth world tour is finished, Paulo San Martin is ready for a break at home. Summing up the experience, he quotes a journalist from the German daily "Süddeutsche Zeitung" who was along for the ride: "Many, many hours with reflective, musical and, at their core, totally rebellious anarchists."

    Source: http://www.dw.de/rammstein-playing-w...n-all-1573-rdf
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