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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  1. identicon
    Space Walker, 23 Jul 2009 @ 10:11am

    NASA ... Wonder if they (We) pay

    I wonder if the collection societies RIAA or whoever go after NASA for playing music to wake up the astronauts on the space station. It'd be a public performance.

    http://www.space.com/spaceshuttle/index.html
    “Let’s get the show on the road,” Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide radioed up to the space station from Mission Control. NASA roused Endeavour astronauts at 5:33 a.m. EDT (2133 GMT) with the song “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John, a tune selected for shuttle skipper Mark Polansky. Today is Flight Day 9 of Endeavour’s 16-day mission to the station.

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