UK Music Retailers Ask Why They Should Pay Performance Licenses To Play Music When They're Trying To Sell The Music

from the seems-like-a-fair-point dept

We've had plenty of stories about music collections agencies shaking down various businesses for playing music -- and over in the UK a fight is apparently brewing over whether or not music retailers should have to pay such fees. As you might imagine, the collection agencies say of course such retailers should pay. But the retailers point out that they're trying to sell the music directly and letting them play the music freely will help them do that. Apparently (I had no idea), in the US, record stores have an exemption from paying licensing agencies. But not so in the UK.
"These license fees imposed on record stores are iniquitous and in my view should be abolished," said UK-based Entertainment Retail Association (ERA) president Paul Quirk in a speech to members on Wednesday, while squarely pointing to "industry bodies like PRS and PPL who still pursue record stores for license fees in order to play music, promote music and ultimately to sell music."
Can you imagine running any other business this way? A bakery that wants to sell you cakes, but has to pay a separate "performance rights fee" to the baker? Don't see that working..

Filed Under: music, performance license, retail, uk

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    jimbo, 28 Sep 2011 @ 6:08am

    until everyone involved with the distribution/selling of anything entertainment industry related actually grows some balls and tell them what is going to happen, instead of kowtowing to the wants/orders of those industries, nothing will change. stop dealing with them completely, start dealing with another commodity. even if the industries deal with everything themselves, do they honestly expect the world to flock to their shops and/or web sites? i think not! people wont pay the prices they will insist in charging. surely even the artists can see the fallacy of what is happening and how much they are losing out?

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