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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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    Ima Fish (profile), 10 Jul 2009 @ 10:18am

    Re: @ Ryan

    "If you have data that supports this then please link to it."

    Actually, any such data would be irrelevant because Ryan's underlying argument is flawed.

    His argument (whether it's true or not) is that laws and mortality should not apply to the wealthy because they give us so much in return.

    Should we allow people to murder, steal, rob, etc., merely because they give society a cut of it back? Should we let the bank robber go free because he donates 10% of it to charity? Maybe Ryan does, but I don't think so.

    Regardless of how much the wealthy give to their pet causes, they should follow the same laws we follow. We're a nation of laws, not a nation laws for some and not for others if they give us a cut.

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