from the copyright-law-madness dept
Last year we wrote about a situation in Russia where the promoters of a Deep Purple concert were fined because they failed to secure a license to let Deep Purple perform Deep Purple music. Seriously. It seems that the same situation is playing out again with a Beyonce concert. The Russian collecting society RAO is suing the company it believes was the promoter of a Beyonce concert for not paying up for the right to perform Beyonce music. Yes, by any standard of common sense this is ridiculous. A collection society is supposed to collect for the sake of helping an artist. But how is it possibly helpful to the artist to force promoters to pay for that artist to sing their own songs. It directly harms an artist by making it more expensive for anyone to actually promote a show -- and by funneling money away from musicians.