Thursday, October 22, 2009
Whistle While You Work!
Dear oh dear, what a penny pinching bunch of old miseries the Performing Right Society are!
Sandra Burt, who works at the A & T Food Store in Clackmannan, found this to her cost recently when the music police banned her from singing behind the counter of the shop.
Cos she didn't have a licence to "perform".
A "mere" £80 to you guv!
Why was she singing?
Cos the PRS threatened the shop owner with a fine if he didn't buy a licence for playing his radio to his customers, so he turned it off.
Gareth Kelly, music sales advisor for PRS, said:
"Using any copyright material in your store, without paying for it, is illegal.
It doesn't matter whether you're singing a Robbie Williams track, or listening to a Robbie Williams track, you still have to pay for it.
She could be fined for not having a live performance licence, and if the fine isn't paid, then she could potentially be taken to court."
The PRS said that Mrs Burt could be judged to be giving daily performances, which would require individual daily licences, taking the annual cost up to "four figures".
Good grief, what sad miserable country we have become!
Has no one in PRS ever heard the word "commonsense"?
Finally, after some hoo hah in the media, the PRS has now learned the word "commonsense" and has backed down and sent her some flowers with a grovelling note of apology.
"We're very sorry we made a big mistake.
We hear you have a lovely singing voice and we wish you good luck."
All very well, but it should never have tried it on in the first place.
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