p2pnet news view Music:- Creators of music, are finding it more and more difficult to get paid for their work, in a world where music is seen as something that is and should be available free of charge, p2pnet quoted Kenth Muldin (right), CEO, STIM3 as saying in his Pirates, file-sharers and music users, a, survey of the conditions for new music services on the Internet.
Now, “Groups representing the interests of Sweden`s music publishers are demanding that nearly 3,000 companies and organizations pay up to 40,000 kronor ($5,000) per year for allowing employees to listen to music during the work day,” says The Local.
Perhaps someone has the radio on or is listening to a CD and if so, you need to have a permit that allows for music to be played the workplace, it has STIM’s Susanne Bodin telling the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.
A workplace isn`t private and therefore you should have a licence for music to be played so that the copyright holders get paid.
Everyone and everything associated with Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music seems to be utterly riddled with greed.
“The rumour that shower heads will soon come with pre-fitted microphones linked to the RIAA`s HQ shouldn`t be entirely discounted,” p2pnet posted recently.
We were joking, but you know what they say about jokes.
STIM demanded 25,000 kronor per year if 500 Government Offices of Sweden (Regeringskansliet) Were to be allowed to listen to computer and radio music while they worked, says The Local.
The issue of paying for music in the workplace came into sharp relief recently when the legal department at the Stockholm county administrative board submitted a written request with the Government Offices of Sweden (Regeringskansliet) to clarify the government’s position on licence fees for music in the workplace.
Not only but also, the Swedish Artists and Musicians Interest Organization (SAMI) had, “also requested a fee of 15,000 kronor per year,” says the story, going on »»»
A legal analyst with the Government Offices was unable to tell DN whether or not the offices paid the fee, but didn`t rule out legal action if an agreement regarding compensation could not be reached.
The request sent to the Stockholm board is part of a recently launched campaign by STIM targeting 2,900 companies and organizations around the country explaining that any workplace with more than 40 employees needs to pay a licence fee if workers listen to music via a computer or other type of device.
Bodin said STIM, “has the right to demand that every workplace in Sweden with more than 40 employees pay the fees if employers allow workers to listen to music,” says the story.
Of course we can`t force anyone to pay if they say that they don`t listen to music, she added.
But you can bet they’ll try.
No need to stay tuned.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
p2pnet – Swedish `music rights` ass: same old dirge, April 23, 2009
The Local – Rights holders seek royalties for music in the workplace, July 7, 2009
p2pnet – Sued for singing in the shower?, July 1, 2009
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