Legal Notice

According to § 5 TMG:

Ruf Records GmbH
Ludwig-Wagner-Str. 31a
D-37318 Lindewerra / Germany

Represented by:

Mr. Thomas Ruf

Contact:

Telephone: +49 (0) 36087/92200

Fax: +49 (0) 36087/92211

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sales tax identification number:
VAT #: DE 811 685 971

Amtsgericht Jena
HRB 403889

Homepageadministration:
Webentwicklung & -design
www.webentwicklung-design.de

Disclaimer:

Liability for content

The contents of these pages were created with great care. For the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the content, we can not take any responsibility. As a service provider we are responsible according to § 7 paragraph 1 of TMG for own contents on these pages under the general laws. According to § § 8 to 10 TMG we as service providers are not obliged to monitor transmitted or stored information or to investigate circumstances that indicate illegal activity. Obligations to remove or block the use of information under the general laws remain unaffected. A liability is only possible from the date of knowledge of a specific infringement. Upon notification of such violations, we will remove the content immediately.

Liability for links

Our site contains links to external websites over which we have no control. Therefore we can for these websites and accept no responsibility. For the content of linked pages is always the provider or operator is responsible. The linked sites were checked at the time of linking for possible violations of law. Illegal contents were not at the time of linking. A permanent control of the linked pages is unreasonable without concrete evidence of a violation. Upon notification of violations, we will immediately remove such links.

Copyright

The by the page contents and works on these pages are subject to German copyright. The reproduction, adaptation, distribution or any kind of exploitation outside the limits of copyright require the written consent of the author or creator. Downloads and copies of these pages are only permitted for private, non-commercial use. Insofar as the content on this site is created by the operator, the copyrights of third parties are respected. In particular, content of third parties are marked as such. Should you become aware of copyright infringement, we ask for a hint. Upon notification of violations, we will remove the content immediately.

Privacy Policy

We are very delighted that you have shown interest in our enterprise. Data protection is of a particularly high priority for the management of the Ruf Records GmbH. The use of the Internet pages of the Ruf Records GmbH is possible without any indication of personal data; however, if a data subject wants to use special enterprise services via our website, processing of personal data could become necessary. If the processing of personal data is necessary and there is no statutory basis for such processing, we generally obtain consent from the data subject.

The processing of personal data, such as the name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number of a data subject shall always be in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and in accordance with the country-specific data protection regulations applicable to the Ruf Records GmbH. By means of this data protection declaration, our enterprise would like to inform the general public of the nature, scope, and purpose of the personal data we collect, use and process. Furthermore, data subjects are informed, by means of this data protection declaration, of the rights to which they are entitled.

As the controller, the Ruf Records GmbH has implemented numerous technical and organizational measures to ensure the most complete protection of personal data processed through this website. However, Internet-based data transmissions may in principle have security gaps, so absolute protection may not be guaranteed. For this reason, every data subject is free to transfer personal data to us via alternative means, e.g. by telephone.
1. Definitions

The data protection declaration of the Ruf Records GmbH is based on the terms used by the European legislator for the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our data protection declaration should be legible and understandable for the general public, as well as our customers and business partners. To ensure this, we would like to first explain the terminology used.

In this data protection declaration, we use, inter alia, the following terms:

    a)    Personal data

    Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“data subject”). An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
    b) Data subject

    Data subject is any identified or identifiable natural person, whose personal data is processed by the controller responsible for the processing.
    c)    Processing

    Processing is any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.
    d)    Restriction of processing

    Restriction of processing is the marking of stored personal data with the aim of limiting their processing in the future.
    e)    Profiling

    Profiling means any form of automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects concerning that natural person's performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or movements.
    f)     Pseudonymisation

    Pseudonymisation is the processing of personal data in such a manner that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific data subject without the use of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data are not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.
    g)    Controller or controller responsible for the processing

    Controller or controller responsible for the processing is the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data; where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union or Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its nomination may be provided for by Union or Member State law.
    h)    Processor

    Processor is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.
    i)      Recipient

    Recipient is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or another body, to which the personal data are disclosed, whether a third party or not. However, public authorities which may receive personal data in the framework of a particular inquiry in accordance with Union or Member State law shall not be regarded as recipients; the processing of those data by those public authorities shall be in compliance with the applicable data protection rules according to the purposes of the processing.
    j)      Third party

    Third party is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the data subject, controller, processor and persons who, under the direct authority of the controller or processor, are authorised to process personal data.
    k)    Consent

    Consent of the data subject is any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject's wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her.

2. Name and Address of the controller

Controller for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), other data protection laws applicable in Member states of the European Union and other provisions related to data protection is:

Ruf Records GmbH
Ludwig - Wagner - Straße 31 A
37318 Lindewerra
Germany

Phone: 0049 36087 92200

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.rufrecords.de
3. Collection of general data and information

The website of the Ruf Records GmbH collects a series of general data and information when a data subject or automated system calls up the website. This general data and information are stored in the server log files. Collected may be (1) the browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which an accessing system reaches our website (so-called referrers), (4) the sub-websites, (5) the date and time of access to the Internet site, (6) an Internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service provider of the accessing system, and (8) any other similar data and information that may be used in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.

When using these general data and information, the Ruf Records GmbH does not draw any conclusions about the data subject. Rather, this information is needed to (1) deliver the content of our website correctly, (2) optimize the content of our website as well as its advertisement, (3) ensure the long-term viability of our information technology systems and website technology, and (4) provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for criminal prosecution in case of a cyber-attack. Therefore, the Ruf Records GmbH analyzes anonymously collected data and information statistically, with the aim of increasing the data protection and data security of our enterprise, and to ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by a data subject.
4. Registration on our website

The data subject has the possibility to register on the website of the controller with the indication of personal data. Which personal data are transmitted to the controller is determined by the respective input mask used for the registration. The personal data entered by the data subject are collected and stored exclusively for internal use by the controller, and for his own purposes. The controller may request transfer to one or more processors (e.g. a parcel service) that also uses personal data for an internal purpose which is attributable to the controller.

By registering on the website of the controller, the IP address—assigned by the Internet service provider (ISP) and used by the data subject—date, and time of the registration are also stored. The storage of this data takes place against the background that this is the only way to prevent the misuse of our services, and, if necessary, to make it possible to investigate committed offenses. Insofar, the storage of this data is necessary to secure the controller. This data is not passed on to third parties unless there is a statutory obligation to pass on the data, or if the transfer serves the aim of criminal prosecution.

The registration of the data subject, with the voluntary indication of personal data, is intended to enable the controller to offer the data subject contents or services that may only be offered to registered users due to the nature of the matter in question. Registered persons are free to change the personal data specified during the registration at any time, or to have them completely deleted from the data stock of the controller.

The data controller shall, at any time, provide information upon request to each data subject as to what personal data are stored about the data subject. In addition, the data controller shall correct or erase personal data at the request or indication of the data subject, insofar as there are no statutory storage obligations. The entirety of the controller’s employees are available to the data subject in this respect as contact persons.
5. Subscription to our newsletters

On the website of the Ruf Records GmbH, users are given the opportunity to subscribe to our enterprise's newsletter. The input mask used for this purpose determines what personal data are transmitted, as well as when the newsletter is ordered from the controller.

The Ruf Records GmbH informs its customers and business partners regularly by means of a newsletter about enterprise offers. The enterprise's newsletter may only be received by the data subject if (1) the data subject has a valid e-mail address and (2) the data subject registers for the newsletter shipping. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address registered by a data subject for the first time for newsletter shipping, for legal reasons, in the double opt-in procedure. This confirmation e-mail is used to prove whether the owner of the e-mail address as the data subject is authorized to receive the newsletter.

During the registration for the newsletter, we also store the IP address of the computer system assigned by the Internet service provider (ISP) and used by the data subject at the time of the registration, as well as the date and time of the registration. The collection of this data is necessary in order to understand the (possible) misuse of the e-mail address of a data subject at a later date, and it therefore serves the aim of the legal protection of the controller.

The personal data collected as part of a registration for the newsletter will only be used to send our newsletter. In addition, subscribers to the newsletter may be informed by e-mail, as long as this is necessary for the operation of the newsletter service or a registration in question, as this could be the case in the event of modifications to the newsletter offer, or in the event of a change in technical circumstances. There will be no transfer of personal data collected by the newsletter service to third parties. The subscription to our newsletter may be terminated by the data subject at any time. The consent to the storage of personal data, which the data subject has given for shipping the newsletter, may be revoked at any time. For the purpose of revocation of consent, a corresponding link is found in each newsletter. It is also possible to unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time directly on the website of the controller, or to communicate this to the controller in a different way.
6. Newsletter-Tracking

The newsletter of the Ruf Records GmbH contains so-called tracking pixels. A tracking pixel is a miniature graphic embedded in such e-mails, which are sent in HTML format to enable log file recording and analysis. This allows a statistical analysis of the success or failure of online marketing campaigns. Based on the embedded tracking pixel, the Ruf Records GmbH may see if and when an e-mail was opened by a data subject, and which links in the e-mail were called up by data subjects.

Such personal data collected in the tracking pixels contained in the newsletters are stored and analyzed by the controller in order to optimize the shipping of the newsletter, as well as to adapt the content of future newsletters even better to the interests of the data subject. These personal data will not be passed on to third parties. Data subjects are at any time entitled to revoke the respective separate declaration of consent issued by means of the double-opt-in procedure. After a revocation, these personal data will be deleted by the controller. The Ruf Records GmbH automatically regards a withdrawal from the receipt of the newsletter as a revocation.
7. Routine erasure and blocking of personal data

The data controller shall process and store the personal data of the data subject only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of storage, or as far as this is granted by the European legislator or other legislators in laws or regulations to which the controller is subject to.

If the storage purpose is not applicable, or if a storage period prescribed by the European legislator or another competent legislator expires, the personal data are routinely blocked or erased in accordance with legal requirements.
8. Rights of the data subject

    a) Right of confirmation

    Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller the confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning him or her are being processed. If a data subject wishes to avail himself of this right of confirmation, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.
    b) Right of access

    Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller free information about his or her personal data stored at any time and a copy of this information. Furthermore, the European directives and regulations grant the data subject access to the following information:
        the purposes of the processing;
        the categories of personal data concerned;
        the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, in particular recipients in third countries or international organisations;
        where possible, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period;
        the existence of the right to request from the controller rectification or erasure of personal data, or restriction of processing of personal data concerning the data subject, or to object to such processing;
        the existence of the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority;
        where the personal data are not collected from the data subject, any available information as to their source;
        the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, referred to in Article 22(1) and (4) of the GDPR and, at least in those cases, meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject.

    Furthermore, the data subject shall have a right to obtain information as to whether personal data are transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. Where this is the case, the data subject shall have the right to be informed of the appropriate safeguards relating to the transfer.

    If a data subject wishes to avail himself of this right of access, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.
    c) Right to rectification

    Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning him or her. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, the data subject shall have the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement.

    If a data subject wishes to exercise this right to rectification, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.
    d) Right to erasure (Right to be forgotten)

    Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning him or her without undue delay, and the controller shall have the obligation to erase personal data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies, as long as the processing is not necessary:
        The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed.
        The data subject withdraws consent to which the processing is based according to point (a) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR, or point (a) of Article 9(2) of the GDPR, and where there is no other legal ground for the processing.
        The data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21(1) of the GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21(2) of the GDPR.
        The personal data have been unlawfully processed.
        The personal data must be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject.
        The personal data have been collected in relation to the offer of information society services referred to in Article 8(1) of the GDPR.

    If one of the aforementioned reasons applies, and a data subject wishes to request the erasure of personal data stored by the Ruf Records GmbH, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller. An employee of Ruf Records GmbH shall promptly ensure that the erasure request is complied with immediately.

    Where the controller has made personal data public and is obliged pursuant to Article 17(1) to erase the personal data, the controller, taking account of available technology and the cost of implementation, shall take reasonable steps, including technical measures, to inform other controllers processing the personal data that the data subject has requested erasure by such controllers of any links to, or copy or replication of, those personal data, as far as processing is not required. An employees of the Ruf Records GmbH will arrange the necessary measures in individual cases.
    e) Right of restriction of processing

    Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller restriction of processing where one of the following applies:
        The accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject, for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data.
        The processing is unlawful and the data subject opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests instead the restriction of their use instead.
        The controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by the data subject for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
        The data subject has objected to processing pursuant to Article 21(1) of the GDPR pending the verification whether the legitimate grounds of the controller override those of the data subject.

    If one of the aforementioned conditions is met, and a data subject wishes to request the restriction of the processing of personal data stored by the Ruf Records GmbH, he or she may at any time contact any employee of the controller. The employee of the Ruf Records GmbH will arrange the restriction of the processing.
    f) Right to data portability

    Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator, to receive the personal data concerning him or her, which was provided to a controller, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. He or she shall have the right to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from the controller to which the personal data have been provided, as long as the processing is based on consent pursuant to point (a) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR or point (a) of Article 9(2) of the GDPR, or on a contract pursuant to point (b) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR, and the processing is carried out by automated means, as long as the processing is not necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

    Furthermore, in exercising his or her right to data portability pursuant to Article 20(1) of the GDPR, the data subject shall have the right to have personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible and when doing so does not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

    In order to assert the right to data portability, the data subject may at any time contact any employee of the Ruf Records GmbH.
    g) Right to object

    Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to object, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, at any time, to processing of personal data concerning him or her, which is based on point (e) or (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR. This also applies to profiling based on these provisions.

    The Ruf Records GmbH shall no longer process the personal data in the event of the objection, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

    If the Ruf Records GmbH processes personal data for direct marketing purposes, the data subject shall have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data concerning him or her for such marketing. This applies to profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing. If the data subject objects to the Ruf Records GmbH to the processing for direct marketing purposes, the Ruf Records GmbH will no longer process the personal data for these purposes.

    In addition, the data subject has the right, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, to object to processing of personal data concerning him or her by the Ruf Records GmbH for scientific or historical research purposes, or for statistical purposes pursuant to Article 89(1) of the GDPR, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.

    In order to exercise the right to object, the data subject may contact any employee of the Ruf Records GmbH. In addition, the data subject is free in the context of the use of information society services, and notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, to use his or her right to object by automated means using technical specifications.
    h) Automated individual decision-making, including profiling

    Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning him or her, or similarly significantly affects him or her, as long as the decision (1) is not is necessary for entering into, or the performance of, a contract between the data subject and a data controller, or (2) is not authorised by Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject and which also lays down suitable measures to safeguard the data subject's rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, or (3) is not based on the data subject's explicit consent.

    If the decision (1) is necessary for entering into, or the performance of, a contract between the data subject and a data controller, or (2) it is based on the data subject's explicit consent, the Ruf Records GmbH shall implement suitable measures to safeguard the data subject's rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, at least the right to obtain human intervention on the part of the controller, to express his or her point of view and contest the decision.

    If the data subject wishes to exercise the rights concerning automated individual decision-making, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the Ruf Records GmbH.
    i) Right to withdraw data protection consent

    Each data subject shall have the right granted by the European legislator to withdraw his or her consent to processing of his or her personal data at any time.

    If the data subject wishes to exercise the right to withdraw the consent, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the Ruf Records GmbH.

9. Data protection for applications and the application procedures

The data controller shall collect and process the personal data of applicants for the purpose of the processing of the application procedure. The processing may also be carried out electronically. This is the case, in particular, if an applicant submits corresponding application documents by e-mail or by means of a web form on the website to the controller. If the data controller concludes an employment contract with an applicant, the submitted data will be stored for the purpose of processing the employment relationship in compliance with legal requirements. If no employment contract is concluded with the applicant by the controller, the application documents shall be automatically erased two months after notification of the refusal decision, provided that no other legitimate interests of the controller are opposed to the erasure. Other legitimate interest in this relation is, e.g. a burden of proof in a procedure under the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).
10. Data protection provisions about the application and use of Facebook

On this website, the controller has integrated components of the enterprise Facebook. Facebook is a social network.

A social network is a place for social meetings on the Internet, an online community, which usually allows users to communicate with each other and interact in a virtual space. A social network may serve as a platform for the exchange of opinions and experiences, or enable the Internet community to provide personal or business-related information. Facebook allows social network users to include the creation of private profiles, upload photos, and network through friend requests.

The operating company of Facebook is Facebook, Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, United States. If a person lives outside of the United States or Canada, the controller is the Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland.

With each call-up to one of the individual pages of this Internet website, which is operated by the controller and into which a Facebook component (Facebook plug-ins) was integrated, the web browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically prompted to download display of the corresponding Facebook component from Facebook through the Facebook component. An overview of all the Facebook Plug-ins may be accessed under https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/. During the course of this technical procedure, Facebook is made aware of what specific sub-site of our website was visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is logged in at the same time on Facebook, Facebook detects with every call-up to our website by the data subject—and for the entire duration of their stay on our Internet site—which specific sub-site of our Internet page was visited by the data subject. This information is collected through the Facebook component and associated with the respective Facebook account of the data subject. If the data subject clicks on one of the Facebook buttons integrated into our website, e.g. the "Like" button, or if the data subject submits a comment, then Facebook matches this information with the personal Facebook user account of the data subject and stores the personal data.

Facebook always receives, through the Facebook component, information about a visit to our website by the data subject, whenever the data subject is logged in at the same time on Facebook during the time of the call-up to our website. This occurs regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the Facebook component or not. If such a transmission of information to Facebook is not desirable for the data subject, then he or she may prevent this by logging off from their Facebook account before a call-up to our website is made.

The data protection guideline published by Facebook, which is available at https://facebook.com/about/privacy/, provides information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by Facebook. In addition, it is explained there what setting options Facebook offers to protect the privacy of the data subject. In addition, different configuration options are made available to allow the elimination of data transmission to Facebook. These applications may be used by the data subject to eliminate a data transmission to Facebook.
11. Data protection provisions about the application and use of Twitter

On this website, the controller has integrated components of Twitter. Twitter is a multilingual, publicly-accessible microblogging service on which users may publish and spread so-called ‘tweets,’ e.g. short messages, which are limited to 280 characters. These short messages are available for everyone, including those who are not logged on to Twitter. The tweets are also displayed to so-called followers of the respective user. Followers are other Twitter users who follow a user's tweets. Furthermore, Twitter allows you to address a wide audience via hashtags, links or retweets.

The operating company of Twitter is Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, UNITED STATES.

With each call-up to one of the individual pages of this Internet site, which is operated by the controller and on which a Twitter component (Twitter button) was integrated, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically prompted to download a display of the corresponding Twitter component of Twitter. Further information about the Twitter buttons is available under https://about.twitter.com/de/resources/buttons. During the course of this technical procedure, Twitter gains knowledge of what specific sub-page of our website was visited by the data subject. The purpose of the integration of the Twitter component is a retransmission of the contents of this website to allow our users to introduce this web page to the digital world and increase our visitor numbers.

If the data subject is logged in at the same time on Twitter, Twitter detects with every call-up to our website by the data subject and for the entire duration of their stay on our Internet site which specific sub-page of our Internet page was visited by the data subject. This information is collected through the Twitter component and associated with the respective Twitter account of the data subject. If the data subject clicks on one of the Twitter buttons integrated on our website, then Twitter assigns this information to the personal Twitter user account of the data subject and stores the personal data.

Twitter receives information via the Twitter component that the data subject has visited our website, provided that the data subject is logged in on Twitter at the time of the call-up to our website. This occurs regardless of whether the person clicks on the Twitter component or not. If such a transmission of information to Twitter is not desirable for the data subject, then he or she may prevent this by logging off from their Twitter account before a call-up to our website is made.

The applicable data protection provisions of Twitter may be accessed under https://twitter.com/privacy?lang=en.
12. Data protection provisions about the application and use of YouTube

On this website, the controller has integrated components of YouTube. YouTube is an Internet video portal that enables video publishers to set video clips and other users free of charge, which also provides free viewing, review and commenting on them. YouTube allows you to publish all kinds of videos, so you can access both full movies and TV broadcasts, as well as music videos, trailers, and videos made by users via the Internet portal.

The operating company of YouTube is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, UNITED STATES. The YouTube, LLC is a subsidiary of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, UNITED STATES.

With each call-up to one of the individual pages of this Internet site, which is operated by the controller and on which a YouTube component (YouTube video) was integrated, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically prompted to download a display of the corresponding YouTube component. Further information about YouTube may be obtained under https://www.youtube.com/yt/about/en/. During the course of this technical procedure, YouTube and Google gain knowledge of what specific sub-page of our website was visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is logged in on YouTube, YouTube recognizes with each call-up to a sub-page that contains a YouTube video, which specific sub-page of our Internet site was visited by the data subject. This information is collected by YouTube and Google and assigned to the respective YouTube account of the data subject.

YouTube and Google will receive information through the YouTube component that the data subject has visited our website, if the data subject at the time of the call to our website is logged in on YouTube; this occurs regardless of whether the person clicks on a YouTube video or not. If such a transmission of this information to YouTube and Google is not desirable for the data subject, the delivery may be prevented if the data subject logs off from their own YouTube account before a call-up to our website is made.

YouTube's data protection provisions, available at https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/, provide information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by YouTube and Google.
13. Payment Method: Data protection provisions about the use of PayPal as a payment processor

On this website, the controller has integrated components of PayPal. PayPal is an online payment service provider. Payments are processed via so-called PayPal accounts, which represent virtual private or business accounts. PayPal is also able to process virtual payments through credit cards when a user does not have a PayPal account. A PayPal account is managed via an e-mail address, which is why there are no classic account numbers. PayPal makes it possible to trigger online payments to third parties or to receive payments. PayPal also accepts trustee functions and offers buyer protection services.

The European operating company of PayPal is PayPal (Europe) S.à.r.l. & Cie. S.C.A., 22-24 Boulevard Royal, 2449 Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

If the data subject chooses "PayPal" as the payment option in the online shop during the ordering process, we automatically transmit the data of the data subject to PayPal. By selecting this payment option, the data subject agrees to the transfer of personal data required for payment processing.

The personal data transmitted to PayPal is usually first name, last name, address, email address, IP address, telephone number, mobile phone number, or other data necessary for payment processing. The processing of the purchase contract also requires such personal data, which are in connection with the respective order.

The transmission of the data is aimed at payment processing and fraud prevention. The controller will transfer personal data to PayPal, in particular, if a legitimate interest in the transmission is given. The personal data exchanged between PayPal and the controller for the processing of the data will be transmitted by PayPal to economic credit agencies. This transmission is intended for identity and creditworthiness checks.

PayPal will, if necessary, pass on personal data to affiliates and service providers or subcontractors to the extent that this is necessary to fulfill contractual obligations or for data to be processed in the order.

The data subject has the possibility to revoke consent for the handling of personal data at any time from PayPal. A revocation shall not have any effect on personal data which must be processed, used or transmitted in accordance with (contractual) payment processing.

The applicable data protection provisions of PayPal may be retrieved under https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full.
14. Payment Method: Data protection provisions about the use of Skrill as a payment processor

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Interview Thomas Ruf

 
Thomas Ruf: The Blues against the blues
"Work hard and be honest all the time. Speak the truth. Make the best quality possible your goal in everything you do."

 Thomas Ruf has come a long way. Rewind to the ’70s, and his roots on a wine farm in Germany’s remote Black Forest were a world away from such blues epicentres as Mississippi, Chicago, New York and London. And yet, even then, Tom’s entrepreneurial flair and passion for music suggested a man who would one day shape the scene. As a teenager, he began booking blues bands to play the local town hall, and in 1985, the epiphany of a meeting with the great Chicago bandleader Luther Allison changed his trajectory. “Luther quickly became,” remembers Tom, “a friend, a mentor and a teacher”.
Inspired, Tom left the farm in the late-’80s to take his first steps into the music industry, first by promoting Allison’s shows, then juggling a university degree with his role as the guitarist’s German booking agent. “I followed the man,” he remembers, “learning the ropes of travelling and communication.”
When Luther hit a dead-end in 1994, fizzing with great new material but unable to find a label or music publisher to release it, Ruf Records was born. “I founded the label as a home for him,” explains Tom. “Luther’s name will always be connected with our history, marking our birth and growth.”
Back then, Tom could hardly have dreamt that in 2014, Ruf would be toasting its 20th anniversary and reflecting on a catalogue of incredible music showcased on this year’s two-disc compilation. The statistics alone make your head spin. Since 1994, Ruf has put out 220 releases, sold over three million albums, received two Grammy nominations and numerous Blues Music Awards. The roster takes your breath away, meanwhile, with Ruf’s integrity attracting stone-cold icons including Walter Trout, Royal Southern Brotherhood, The Spin Doctors, Jeff Healey, Savoy Brown, Louisiana Red, Eric Bibb and Canned Heat.
Ruf isn’t just about the established heavyweights. In 2014, the Classic Rock Blues Magazine wrote that this label “shaped the modern scene”, and the cap fits, with Tom coaxing breakthrough releases from young artists like Joanne Shaw Taylor, Laurence Jones, Oli Brown, Sam Fish and Dana Fuchs. With the annual Blues Caravan tour also giving up-and-comers a platform since 2005, it’s no wonder that Ruf Records won the 2007 ‘Keeping The Blues Alive Award’ from the Blues Foundation, that it’s a founding member of the European Blues Union, and on the Blues Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Since the start, the Ruf Records motto was always ‘Where The Blues Crosses Over’, and there’s no doubt this label can take much of the credit for the post-millennial boom of the international blues scene. A less passionate label boss might allow himself a pat on the back and a well-earned rest. But then, as Tom tells us, there’s still plenty of work left to do…
Thomas Ruf

What first attracted you to the blues, and what does the blues mean to you?

It was the people, above all. The blues people, y’know? Not every blues person has to be a musician. It’s more of an attitude. Blues people are down-to-earth, friendly and they know how to share. Maybe that’s why jamming is such a big thing in blues, whereas it doesn’t really exist in pop. 
Luther Allison was the first major bluesman that I met, and I was overwhelmed by the power of his music and ability to communicate across language barriers. When it’s played from the heart, blues is a truly universal language, and that’s something that can only be a positive force in the world.2

How would you explain the philosophy of Ruf Records?

It’s right there in our motto: ‘Where The Blues Crosses Over’. We want to produce the blues of tomorrow, not just re-record the blues of yesterday, and that’s why we work with some of the bravest and most visionary artists around. People often ask me why Ruf has such a devoted following, but really it’s our artists – the Ruf Records family – who create that. Our role is to help them. To succeed in this business, it’s about working hard and being honest all the time. Speak the truth. Strive for quality in everything you do.

How has the business changed since you first started in music?

The biggest shift has been from physical to digital. Financially, you could argue it’s made the industry poorer, but in some ways that’s a good thing, because the people who were in it for the wrong reasons – money, power, fame – had to leave when the money dried up. So now, the people left in this business are truly dedicated to the music. They do it because they have to do it, regardless of fame and success, or the lack of it.

What’s been the best moment in Ruf’s history – and what was the worst?

The best was the very first time I met Luther Allison. I went to a local restaurant with him, after-hours, and he started to jam with some old German Black Forest musicians, playing blues guitar over waltz rhythms. It was just incredible. And the worst? Getting an attorney letter from the Hendrix estate that made me pull my Hendrix blues tribute album off the market. You just can’t compete with that sort of money and power.

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What’s been the most interesting period in your life and why?

It’s still interesting, every day. I learn something new all the time, and learning and improving is what keeps me interested. Getting to work with talented artists and watch them create has to be the best job in the world.

What are your favourite memories of the great bluesmen you’ve worked with?

There are so many. I always loved it when we met Pinetop Perkins at the Blues Music Awards, and this old man in a sharp suit – barely able to walk – would charm the women. Everybody loved him. Or maybe watching the great Louisiana Red in his living room, playing blues for me and some of the younger members of the Girls With Guitars gang. I’ll always remember his wife Dora sitting on the sofa in her pyjamas shaking her head – priceless!

Do you have any funny stories from Ruf recording sessions?

We’re always laughing in the studio. The best sessions are the ones where you’re having fun. I remember, one time, the producer Jim Gaines almost scared Coco Montoya to death. We were recording in this spooky old studio on Beale Street, behind the Hard Rock Café. It’s closed now. Everyone could feel there was a spirit living in this place. At one point, Coco was doing a vocal take, and the studio was all dark, just candlelight. So Coco was alone in this dark recording hall and Jim spoke back to him over the microphone: ‘Coco, who’s that standing next to you…?’ Coco ran out of there screaming!
Another memorable one was our first recording session with the British underground legend, Kevin Coyne. We got to the studio and Kevin said he was going to warm up his voice and plug in the guitar. I went to the restroom to take a piss. When I got back, Kevin already had two songs finished and in the can. He was that quick! He improvised all his songs on the spot, never wrote anything down…

When you look back, who have you learnt the most about music from?

Luther Allison, Jim Gaines, Mike Zito… they’re all people’s people. It’s the people and the chemistry that creates the music, not the technique. Most of the artists I’ve worked with ended up as friends. Walter Trout, Erja Lyytinen, Dana Fuchs, even people I knew less well, like Jeff Healey. I admire them all for something. They all gave or taught me something special.

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Do you have any favourite memories of Luther Allison or Louisiana Red?

The strongest memory of Luther is just his happiness. He had the world’s greatest smile. And Red was just so passionate when he improvised. He was completely spontaneous and pure in the moment of his expression. Nothing was manufactured or planned. It was all spontaneous emotion.

What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had in the studio – and has anyone ever been difficult to work with?

Maybe Shakura S’Aida and the breathing inhalator she had to help her sing. But I don’t want to compare gifts or talk about difficulties too much. I guess all artists have their strengths and weaknesses, as musicians and as people.

What advice would you give to a young artist who aspires to a career in music?

Work harder than anyone else. Under-promise and over-deliver!

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How did you come up with the idea of the Blues Caravan?

It was more of a necessity than an idea. In the early millennium, we realised that we needed to create a way to let unknown artists tour when they couldn’t do it under their own name. The Blues Caravan has gone from strength to strength since 2005. We’ve showcased everyone from Ana Popovic and Oli Brown to Joanne Shaw Taylor and Dani Wilde, and there’s always enough fresh talent to keep the show on the road.

How have you found your experiences with The Blues Foundation and the European Blues Union?

For me, it’s a great chance to meet and work with different people from different countries, who all share a passion for this music. That’s another example of the blues breaking down barriers of language and culture. It gives you a little hope that there can be a little understanding between people and nations. As for Ruf, we support great artists regardless of their origins, but I’d love to see more European musicians being recognised for their talent. Traditionally, everyone looks to America or the UK for the next big thing – but we have so many great artists right here in Europe.

If it was 1994 and you could start Ruf again, would you do anything differently?

Getting this label up and running in the ’90s was certainly a sharp learning curve. I wish I could have learned to say

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‘no’ earlier on. But I’ve always just done the things that needed to be done as we rolled along. I just follow my nose. I can’t shape the world or the record industry. I can only adjust to it, and work with it, while trying to improve myself at the same time. The harder you work on yourself, the better things seem to turn out.

Finally, which rock ‘n’ roll legend would you most like to meet or record with?

I can honestly say there’s nobody. I’m always looking to the future and hoping to find the artists who are yet to be recorded. That’s the Ruf Records philosophy…

 

 

 

 

About Ruf Records

thomas rufIt all started in the Black Forest, late at night, when it seems all great things begin.
There in a small village bar, with the doors locked, window shades rolled down, an after- hours party was happening inside. Blues great, Luther Allison was jamming with a bunch of eighty-year old Black Forest folklore musicians. I was young, lucky and overwhelmed by the communicating power of music. I left the farm to pay my dues as a concert promoter, agent and manager. Soon I collaborated with Allison, eventually becoming his representative on the European side of the world. I was a student learning from a man who traveled the rocky blues road for more than thirty years. It became apparent that relationships between artists and record companies can be frustrating for the artists, with companies lacking enthusiasm and understanding of the music.

So management had a baby and it was named Ruf Records. Born of the need and love to promote what we believe in... the communicating power of music.

Now more than 25 years and 300 releases later, I couldn't be happier. And with all the terrific artists on the Ruf Records roster, we will continue to grow. Ruf Records is the label of choice for von Luther Allison, Aynley Lister, Canned Heat, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Samantha Fish,Walter Trout and many more.

We are able to help our artists expand their careers beyond their extensive tour schedules by providing them with worldwide distribution and one-on-one relationships with each and every one of us here at Ruf. The same applies to our relationships with radio broadcasters, CD reviewers, magazines, e-zines, blue societies and anyone else in this crazy business. Let us know who you are, what you need and what you think. Ruf Records wants to hear from you, and we want you to hear from Ruf Records... communicating for the power of music.

On this site you will be able to view our growing family. Stay a while and enjoy. Be sure to come back soon.

Thomas Ruf

P.S. And in case you were wondering, it's pronounced "roof".

 

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