Friday, September 17, 2010


Copyrights and royalties in small private venues...

Here's something to think about this weekend.

It's getting to the point where if you are walking down the street humming a song, someone might pop out of nowhere and ask you to pay a royalty.

Pay to play: Strict enforcement of copyrights jeopardizing live music in small venues

" the mid-1990s ASCAP bowed to public outcry after attempting to collect licensing fees from the Girl Scouts for singing campfire songs. (They now charge the scouts a symbolic $1 a year.)"

“The song ‘Happy Birthday’ is covered by copyright. Where do you draw the line?’’

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