Canadian Collection Society Pushing Gymnastics Clubs To Pay Up For Music

from the it's-contagious dept

We've been seeing a ton of stories in the last year concerning collection societies around the world increasing their efforts to collect money from any sort of entity that plays music ever -- even if it actually ends up causing significant harm to new and up-and-coming musicians. The efforts usually focus on two areas: (1) increasing the fees they're able to demand from venues (usually set by the government) and (2) getting places that barely play any music at all to pay up at exorbitant rates. SOCAN, up in Canada, is supposedly working on both of these fronts, with reader Adam Bell pointing out that it's been going after gymnastics clubs because a small number of kids who use them practice routines done to music. But, of course, SOCAN wants to calculate fees not based on the small number of people who actually use music (which is usually intended for themselves, anyway, not for others -- which should exclude the usual "ambiance" reasoning that collections societies claim), but the "average number of persons per week per room multiplied by $2.14." This can really add up for small businesses, and many gymnastics clubs are refusing to pay, recognizing that they might not be able to afford it at all if they want to stay in business. It's difficult to see how that helps anyone.

Filed Under: canada, collection societies, copyright, gymnastics clubs
Companies: socan


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    Chris-Mouse (profile), 3 Dec 2009 @ 6:27am

    an entire new market for an indie band?

    You know, this could be an entire new market for an indie band looking to get some exposure. Create a CD of original work suitable for gymnastics, then market it to gymnastics clubs with a license that allows for unlimited use as an acompanyment to the gymnastics. This would be a win for almost everyone involved. The gym gets music at a reasonable price, and no risk of lawsuits. The band gets plenty of exposure, and probably more money than they would get from a collection agency. The only loser would be the collection agency itself, and somehow I don't think anyone else involved would even care.

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