p2pnet news | music:- SOCAN, “wanted to gouge health practicioners while their patients relaxed to the sound of music,” p2pnet posted in 2004. Then they turned to denists in what was a, “money grab,” as Dr Jack Cotrell of the Canadian Dental Association called it.
Now SOCAN, short for Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, is zeroing in on hair dressers with a ‘pay up or face legal action’ message. That’s their logo on the right, suitably styled.
“Hairdressers happen to utilize music quite frequently and so currently, we are targeting hairdressing salons to educate them on the fact that they do require a licence if they are using music,” Serge Boutros, “a SOCAN customer operations manager,” told the CBC.
How much is SOCAN demanding?
“The licensing fee varies according to the size of the salon, with a minimum cost of $94 per year,” says the story.
It’s common practice for surgeons to play music in operating theatres while they’re working.
How long before SOCAN goes after them as well?
“It is worth reminding beleaguered and overtaxed business persons that s. 69(2) the Copyright Act has a bit of very good news for them on this issue,” blogs Howard Knopf, adding:
“If they just play music on a ‘radio receiving set’ – in other words a ‘radio’, there is no need to pay SOCAN. Just don’t play tapes or CDs, even if the radio includes these features.
“I don’t know if SOCAN is clearly and actively pointing this exception out to business owners. I doubt it. They really should be required to do so.”
gouge health practicioners – Just say Ahhhhhh, July 26, 2004
CBC – Hairdressers must pay to play music, SOCAN says, July 19, 2007
Howard Knopf – Hairdressers must pay to play music, SOCAN says, July 20, 2007
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