UK Pubs Can Get Huge Refunds From Music Collection Group After Overcharging
from the well-that's-a-surprise dept
After seeing so many stories of various collection and performance licensing groups being able to boost their rates and expand their coverage over the past few years, it’s nice to see at least some pushback. IanVisits points out that, over in the UK, the Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) has lost a lawsuit which claimed it had seriously overcharged. So now pubs, bars and restaurants can start claiming refunds. Of course, a bit annoyingly, these venues have to proactively make a claim. Contrast that to demands from such collection societies about how you automatically have to pay up for a license… The article also notes that the ruling requires new rates, with some pubs and restaurants expecting the money they have to pay to be cut in half. Nice to see that more venues might be comfortable playing and promoting music again…
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Comments on “UK Pubs Can Get Huge Refunds From Music Collection Group After Overcharging”
One small step for man One giant leap backwards for the recording industry!
Actually it is good for the recording industry too. Pubs in the UK are in pretty desperate times. Many are closing. All that PPL were achieving with their excessive charging was to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Sometimes people have to be saved from their own folly.
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Things will only continue to get worse for UK pubs. With the new budget to be announced shortly, I expect more massive tax hikes on alcohol and people having less money to go out with in the first place. These refunds are only a small benefit in the overall picture.
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And good riddens who want to drink warm beer anyway … 😉
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It’s about time that cliche was put to bed. The “warm beer” Yanks refer to is ale, which nobody under 60 really drinks nowadays. You’re much more likely to see bitter and lager, with brands like “Carling Extra Cold” and Guinness Extra Cold” than ale in most pubs.
“Warm beer” is as relevant to the modern day UK as “malt shop” does to the modern US.
“some pubs and restaurants expecting the money they have to pay to be cut in half” – sort of standard techdirt ‘reporting’. half of what? the old too low rate? the new too high rate? half the national debt?
Are you really that dense?
Do you not know basic division?
Did you drop out of elementary school?
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I believe the answers are: yes, no, no, still there.
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Don’t bother responding to him. His trolling was once reasonably decent, now it’s just pathetic.
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