Thursday, January 15, 2009
Nanny Bans Music
Errmmm...you know Nanny's rather pedantic rule about needing a licence to perform music in a public place?
You know how usually rather over zealous councils et al apply this to pub singers, carol singers and other assorted performers?
Well here is an application of the rule that has even me (a man of supreme zen like calmness and inner peace - what did I drink last night?) gobsmacked.
In fact, never has my gob ever been more smacked!
Prepare too to be gobsmacked.
Len Attwood is a mechanic from Witham Essex, he repairs cars. Mr Attwood now faces a £2K fine, from the Performing Rights Society, if customers drive into his garage with their car radios on.
What??? I hear you ejaculate (I too ejaculated at that point!).
For why does he face a fine?
Cos he does not have a licence to listen to music.
Well fark me rigid!
Mr Attwood was contacted by the Performance Rights Society, who told him that he would need a licence to play music.
"They phoned up and said, 'do you have any form of music entertainment on the premises?'
I said customers bring their vehicles in with their radios on and while we are working on them the radio is playing. But other than that no.
The woman said she would get back to me. She came back with her supervisor who said I would have to turn the car radios off but I said we didn't like to tamper with the customers' settings.
She said, 'in that case, you will have to tell them to turn them off before they come in.
I just think it's ridiculous."
The Performance Rights Society spokesman said:
"If there is an intent to use music in a workplace to either enhance the working environment or provide music for customers then it is only right that music creators receive royalties and a licence must be obtained.
We realise there may be unique circumstances where the control of whether music is played - such as radios left on in cars that are activated when the car is started - is not in the hands of the business owner, and therefore may not require a licence.
We always try and be fair and use common sense in licensing decisions, whilst ensuring that when music is used commercially in business the correct licence is obtained."
In Nanny's Britain common sense went out the window yonks ago!
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