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Music played at public events to be subject to new copyright fees – The Globe and Mail

Your funky wedding and musical garage sale just got a little more expensive.

The Copyright Board of Canada has, for the first time, decided to charge fees to anyone who uses recorded music as part of a public event. That means anyone who plans on using tunes to get the party started will need to dig a little deeper before hitting play on the iPod.

The new rules include any event in which music is played – weddings, ice shows, street parties, circuses, parades and karaoke bars are all named in the official notice from the country’s copyright board.

“Recorded music is a vital part of the business model for many live events and, indeed, it is impossible to imagine a fashion show, festival, parade or karaoke bar without music,” said Martin Gangnier, Re:Sound’s director of licensing.

“[It] ensures that the recording artists and record companies who create this music are fairly compensated when their work is used at these events.”

While many of these events pay fees already, those fees compensate those who own publishing rights to songs. The tariff announced today is new and on top of what already exists, and will go toward compensating those who actually perform the music.

via Music played at public events to be subject to new copyright fees – The Globe and Mail.

Strange Random Copyright Quote:

“Men don’t like nobility in woman. Not any men. I suppose it is because the men like to have the copyrights on nobility — if there is going to be anything like that in a relationship.”

Dorothy Parker (American short-story Writer and Poet, 1893-1967)

  1. June 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

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