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Thread #63218   Message #1024847
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
25-Sep-03 - 07:47 PM
Thread Name: Music Police After Doctors
Subject: BS: Music Police After Doctors
The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, which collects royalties for musicians, is warning dentists, chiropracters, doctors and opticians who play music during working hours that they will need a licence to do so. The Copyright Board of Canada requires business users of copyright material to pay licence fees.
"It is a serious business," said SOCAN chief Andre LeBel. When music is played to augment a business or the atmosphere of that business, the rules kick in.
Businesses that fail to play their music by the rules are subject to penalties under federal law, including punitive damages, that can range up to $50,000.
Officials with both the Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said their organizations have advised their members to obey the law.

Story in Calgary Herald, byline Geoffrey Scotton, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003.

Ahhh, blessed silence in the offices and stores may result.