Monopoly Rents: Canadian Collection Society Wants To Massively Increase Rates

from the silence-the-music dept

In the last few months, we've noticed that collections societies around the world are getting desperate for any possible way to collect more money. It's really stunning just how many of these sorts of stories we've seen, all over the globe. It's as if all the collections societies got together and said "how can we squeeze more money out of absolutely anything -- even if it kills off the golden goose," and then set about putting that plan into action. From Australia to Sweden to the UK to the US to Germany, we get story after story after story of incredibly short-sighted collections societies either (a) pushing the gov't to allow them to extort charge larger fees to venues or (b) massively expanding what they consider to be a public performance that requires a royalty. These societies are taking an incredibly short-sighted view. They're causing more and more venues to stop playing music altogether, thus harming everyone.

Mr. Tunes alerts us to the fact that this is now happening in Canada as well, where a smaller collection society, the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada, is demanding massive increases in fees, as well as an expansion of what's covered. Of course, SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, already collects fees in Canada, but apparently these are different fees -- and they're much higher than SOCAN's. When that fact is pointed out to the NRCC person, his response is simply that SOCAN's rates were too low. Apparently, they'd rather shut venues down rather than have them help promote music. Brilliant.

Filed Under: canada, collection society, music
Companies: neighboring rights collective

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    Dark Helmet (profile), 23 Jul 2009 @ 6:41am

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    "Umm, this isn't a discussion about importing or region codes. It's a discussion of fees. I am asking for relative fee rates in other countries to see if the fees are comparable or outrageous."

    If you're who I think you are, you evil goat-raping troll, then you know damn well that the entertainment industry reps throughout the nations of the world play a leap-frog game when it comes to collection rates, all in an effort to raise those rates/fees worldwide.

    They raise them in Europe, then someone here in America asks your same idiotic question "how are we charging in relation to Europe? OMG, they're actually charging MORE. We must get in line with the internat'l community, plus just a little bit more to show them how subserviant and compliant we are!"

    Then guess what your jackass counterpart in Europe does?

    So try to base the fee rates on something economically tangible, like, oh I don't know, how about supply and demand. America is a soveriegn country. Canada is a soveriegn country. Our laws/fees/rates/inner-nation trading/etc. should be IN NO WAY influenced by what people half way around the world are doing.

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