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First Canadian Dentists, Now Hairdressers Threatened for Playing Music for Free

First Canadian Dentists, Now Hairdressers Threatened for Playing Music for Free

Copyright group says they must pay an annual license to “use” music or risk legal action.

Just when you though that copyright organizations couldn’t get any crazier, they prove you wrong with a flash of “creativity” that stuns even the most hardened skeptics.

SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers that’s responsible for the “…communication and performing rights of virtually the world’s entire repertoire of copyright protected music, when it’s used in Canada,” is reported to have sent out letters of notice to hair solons across Canada reminding them to pay a music licensing fee or risk getting sued.

“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,” he told CBC News.

According to Serge Boutros, a SOCAN customer representative, Canadian copyright law has always required that barbers and hairdressers pay a licensing fee to play music in public. I’m sure that this is the case in the US as well but, Canadians are usually the last bastion of reason in this hemisphere and so events like this make it particularly painful to hear of.

SOCAN apparently sent out similar notices to dentist offices throughout Canada last year who I’m sure simply decided to switch over to even more painfully bland music.

Now, what I’m sure started out as a meager attempt to get music artists their fair due has in my opinion turned into a systematic pattern of extortion targeting all businesses who dare to play music in the workplace, which SOCAN oddly refers to as the “public.”

Furthermore, the cost of the licensing fee, which varies according to the size of an establishment and costs $94 at a minimum, is passed along to consumers as a sort of hidden music tax that one may otherwise never have known existed.

How is this fair to consumers and won’t it have a detrimental effect on purchased music? Why would businesses bother buying music and paying a licensing fee to play it for customers if all they have to do is switch on the FREE RADIO, avoid all the hassle, and thereby lower the prices they have to charge?

Copyright collection organizations are another method by which the record industry is experiencing a slow and painful death.

ALSO READ: Coffee Shops Getting Copyright ‘Shakedown?’

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
VAMPYRE BLADE
VAMPYRE BLADE

If everyone would stop buying music for say a month all those groups like the riaa would be brought to their knees.

meyou123
meyou123

This is getting STUPID! These groups need to learn to keep their mouths shut.If they keep this up they won't have to worry about anybody buying their songs...because NO ONE WILL BE LISTENING TO THEIR GARBAGE! Mabye that is just as well with the music they have nowdays.

axlman
axlman

It's time to change that old song "Video Killed the Radio Star" to "The RIAA Killed the Radio Star"It all comes down to a bunch of A-HOLES afraid of loosing thier job's. Don't get me wrong it sucks not knowing what's going to happen to your job in the future if it's a place that you like to work but there are other jobs out there!

mountain_rage
mountain_rage

Actually it comes down to angry investors and sadly most people are responsible in the investments either directly or indirectly. Your insurance bank benefits retirement funds mostly go into investments. Although allot of investments are private I am sure many of the public have their hands in investments in music. So sadly we are all partially to blame for this. But it doesn't make it any less wrong. We are being double charged something that should never happened and used to have protection against. We need to bring back the public influence in laws too many lobbyist are telling our politicians what is best for the country.

freeloader105
freeloader105

This is getting insane.. I mean of all the people and places hair salons? Imagine how boring it would be for them without music.

Hsa
Hsa

I agree with freeloader. It's just getting stupid. I hate the RIAA



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