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Australian Clubs Looking To Play Independent Music To Avoid Insane New Royalties

from the send-them-some-indie-music dept

We've been discussing how collections societies around the globe have been making a mad dash to get governments to tax more things or to simply massively expand existing collection taxes on music. One stunning example we gave was how the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) was pushing to increase fees by ridiculous amounts (in one example from $125/year to $19,344). Apparently, part of the setup is that clubs and restaurants have to pay a much higher per patron fee, and the number of patrons is based not on the actual number of patrons -- but on capacity. PPCA and others like them continue to insist that all of the value in a restaurant or club comes from the music, and thus those places should pay these extortionate rates, even if actual human beings don't come to fill up the place (so much for the music actually bringing in the crowds). But it looks like at least some clubs in Australia are pushing back. Sambo points us to the news that many are trying to build support for a protest effort where these clubs will only play independent music and avoid all music licensed to the PPCA. Of course, in the US, we've seen ASCAP and BMI tell clubs that do similar things that it doesn't matter -- since they might accidentally play their music. Still, it looks like these kinds of moves, that often would bankrupt these clubs and restaurants, are having an unintended consequence of helping to promote non-PPCA music. So, if you're a musician and you want to get heard in Australia, try licensing your songs under a Creative Commons license or something and highlight that anyone can play the music without having to pay a ridiculous PPCA tax.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 16 Oct 2009 @ 2:37pm

    Re: Re: It's About Time.

    "Because in the US, you can't. You have to pay if you play any music at all, even if you never play any of their music."

    If this is true then what radio stations should do is start up talk radio stations and spend a LOT of time talking about how corrupt the RIAA is and how the RIAA does nothing but exploit the public and artists and they can discuss these issues and how they harm artists and make the public more aware of these stupid laws. They can be like Techdirt, as techdirt makes obvious when it comes to the RIAA there is plenty of interesting topics to talk about, every time the RIAA does something stupid the radio station can talk about it and every time the government acts like a retard in favor of the RIAA at public expense the station should talk about it. In fact, this should be what radio stations do, discuss these important issues instead of censoring them. The public airwaves shouldn't be a platform that the FCC regulates in such a way that disables people from using them to discuss important issues. Until people are allowed to use the public airwaves to discuss these issues perhaps we should work to disbar the FCC (because without an FCC the public airwaves could and would be used to discuss important subjects like this and how corrupt the FDA and other federal agencies are and we should ensure that the FCC's corrupt regulatory arm doesn't hinder such discussions).

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