“If you were going to be a truly law-abiding citizen then you wouldn’t copy any of your music to use for your car or MP3 player and, apparently, you wouldn’t listen to a radio at work either.”
Yup, because Kwik-Fit, UK car repair firm which allowed its employees to listen to music that work, has been accused of infringing musical copyrights.
“The action against the Kwik-Fit Group has been brought by the Performing Rights Society which collects royalties for songwriters and performers,” says the BBC.
And even more ridiculous, “At a procedural hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh a judge refused to dismiss the £200,000 damages claim,” says the story, going on:
The PRS claimed that Kwik-Fit mechanics routinely use personal radios while working at service centres across the UK and that music, protected by copyright, could be heard by colleagues and customers.
Oh! The Horror!
But, “Lord Emslie said he should not be taken as accepting that the PRS would necessarily succeed in their claims”.
This is nothing new, though.
In Canada, SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, figures dentists and hairdressers owe its members a living.
If customers listen to music on the premises, dentists and hairdressers should pay SOCAN, it states.
Not only but also, the organisation sent a threatening letter p2pnet when we used the SOCAN logo in a story on the farce.