Rammstein Reportedly Suing German Government for Restricting ‘Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da’ Album
Rammstein are reportedly suing the German government for placing the band’s 2009 album, Liebe Ist Für Alle Da, on a restricted list. Due to the song “Ich Tu Dir Weh” and the album’s artwork, the disc was indexed in 2009, meaning Rammstein were unable to sell the record to individuals under 18, advertise the album or present the song and art in public.
For roughly six months, Liebe Ist Für Alle Da was indexed by the German government’s Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons. “Ich Tu Dir Weh” (English translation: “I’ll Hurt You”) and the album’s art was deemed offensive for promoting unsafe sex and portraying sexuality and power in a sadomasochistic manner.
Due to the restrictions placed on Rammstein’s sixth studio album, the band claims it had to recall 85,000 copies of the album. Rammstein is attempting to collect €66,000 (roughly $75,000) in damages for the financial burden, as Liebe Ist Für Alle Da remained indexed by the government agency for about six months.
"There's nothing on the album that could be more misinterpreted than on other Rammstein records,” keyboardist Christian Lorenz told German newspaper Bild Am Sonntag in 2009. “Why now and why this? One of the examiners presumably has a daughter who annoys him with Rammstein at full volume."
Rammstein’s case is expected to be heard in court this summer. The six members of Rammstein are not required to appear in person. [via DW.com]
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