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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    sonia, 24 Oct 2010 @ 8:08pm

    I have enough

    We are restauranteurs. We have a DJ, dance floor and Karaoke every Friday and Saturday Night.
    Through the week days it is quite and we are trying to bring more people in on the weekend.
    How is a small family restaurant is soposed to survive when we have to pay fee for Backround music, fee for dance floor, fee for karaoke, fee for DJ, fee for live music and a fee for screen and TV.
    Than we have to pay council for tables and chairs outside the restaurant. When people go out on Friday and Saturday nights they want to BYO. They bring their wine,champagne, etc, and of course they bring their cake.
    They leave me religiously their empty bottles were we have to pay fee to dispose them. I want to know as a restaurenteur why do we have to pay so much to have pleasant music and a dance available for our customers. In Europe that does not exist. This is just another American money making for pen pushers who dont want to work. I would like to invite all of you pen pushers to go and work in the restaurant just for one week and see how would you feel about giving your hard earn money to bulshit artist around the world. That is such a idiocracy that is not funny any more.
    And do the artist really get that money after all.
    Should I advertise as well that I am paying wages to Dean Martin, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presly. What kind of a imbacilic law can suport that I dont know. But than again.... people who make law are as far as I am concern ONLY a PEN PUSHERS to!!!

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