Wedding Crashers In Spain Actually The Copyright Cops

from the did-you-pay-for-that-performance-of-YMCA? dept

I tend to believe that the various song performance “collections” organizations around the world have a history of going too far in trying to collect on every possible use of a song. However, it seems they can always go a step further. Apparently, in Spain, the collections group there, the Spanish General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE), has been not just crashing weddings, but secretly videotaping them to record evidence of music being played. The venue, of course, is supposed to pay music performance royalties, and SGAE believes that it applies to such private gatherings as well — though, it still seems a bit extreme to crash a wedding and film it. However, at least the courts in Spain realize that this seems a bit ridiculous and have fined the society for “breaching the intimacy” of the married couple with one such video. In the end, the society was fined more than the restaurant for not having the requisite license.

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Haywood says:

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I’ve already begun music withdrawal. I have a radio in my work shop but never use it, had a car for a couple of years with a broken radio, never fixed it, even though my son would have fixed it 4 free. I find I like thinking better, and while I can think and listen to music at the same time, the silence is more conducive to deep thought.

deadzone (profile) says:

Every time...

Every time I think I can no longer be shocked or surprised by what these organizations do – they do something even more shocking and crazy!

It is so bizarre that these people that did this didn’t see anything wrong with their actions. Seriously, it borders on being ludicrous the things that they will do to “collect”. I’m glad it hasn’t gotten this out of hand yet in the U.S. although I suppose it may be only a matter of time as they get more and more desperate.

eleete (user link) says:

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“Did you know that if you sing any copyrighted song:
…at a place open to the public
…or among a substantial number of people who are not family or friends
You are involved in a public performance of that work?

Did you know an unauthorized public performance is a form of copyright infringement?”

http://www.unhappybirthday.com

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