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by Mike Masnick


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licensing, music, performing rights, sweden

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Swedish Performing Rights Society Demands Cash From Companies That Let Employees Listen To Music

from the oh-come-on dept

It appears that the Swedish performing rights society STIM is taking lessons from ASCAP (in the US) and PRS (in the UK) in trying to extend the definition of a public performance in order to demand licensing money from just about anyone. In this case, STIM has apparently sent out demand letters to thousands of Swedish companies telling those companies that if anyone at the company listens to music on the job, the company needs to pay for a license:
Perhaps someone has the radio on or is listening to a CD and if so, you need to have a permit that allows for music to be played the workplace... A workplace isn't private and therefore you should have a license for music to be played so that the copyright holders get paid.
This is, of course, quite misleading. The copyright holder has already been paid if they're listening to the radio or a CD. This is an attempt to get paid multiple times for the same thing. We've been hearing stories about how these various collection societies are in trouble lately due to low interest rates and poor investment choices, but watching them flail around and start demanding money from everyone, and trying to get paid multiple times for the same work is really quite an amazing abuse of power. Why isn't any gov't agency cracking down on such an abuse?

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2009 @ 9:52am

    Actually... not a bad idea.

    Actually, this wouldn't be necessarily a *bad* thing. Ever work at a job where someone in the next cubi-cell(cubicle) played their music too loud, and you just wish they'd shut if off or at least turn it down? And if you ask them nicely, they spew off some BS about they 'have a right to listen to a loud radio if someone else can listen to their headphones, blah blah blah". If you want to listen to music, wear headphones. Don't bother other people unless they tell you specifically they have no problem with it.

    This might not actually be so bad... :)

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