Belgian Music Royalty Outfit Collected Money For Non-existent PerformersAdded: Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
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As you might have already heard before, music royalty societies are experts at generating adverse publicity. While they are known for pressurizing anyone, including charities and the police, sometimes they appear to be involved in more hilarious actions. One of such societies ended up collecting royalties for a whole bunch of non-existent musicians, bathroom equipment and even Chinese food.
Everyone knows that if you play music in public, music royalty outfits would demand you to pay them money. The British Performing Right Society has even taken the police to court for playing music in police stations!
So, it isn’t a surprise that this type of activity caught the eye of one of the investigative and satirical TV shows from Belgium, which decided to have a closer look at SABAM – the country’s association of artists. The results were hilarious as the very least – for example, the representatives of the outfit showed up at a dorm party and asked for 30 euros fee. The society has even sued one of the business owners because a TV working in his private kitchen could be heard by people in his shop!
The team of the TV show examined the outfit’s price list carefully, in order to find out how much SABAM charges for venues of different sizes. As it turned out, the lowest price range was for places measuring 1-100 square meters. The team has carefully measured out an area of 0.99 square meters, accurately underneath a number of balconies to involve more listeners in the vertical space and notified the society of the upcoming event. Unsurprisingly, the inspector turned up and demanded money for 0.99 square meter party, insisting that “1-100 square meters really means 0-100 square meters”, so the organizers should be charged 82 euros!
But that wasn’t the worst of all. SABAM appeared to collect money from the public for musicians that they never represented, simply because those never existed. A TV show team member made a phone call to the collecting society from a public toilet, looking at the manufacturer of a hand dryer. He said that some Kimberly Clark is going to perform at the event. The outfit was quick to say that it would cost him 134 euros minimum. The same was said for the invented “Show Me Your Hands”, “I Wanna Blow You Dry” and “We Fooled You” - all of their songs appeared to be “100% protected”, as well as the works of a Chinese food wok kit, the food mixer and a lot of more “names” written on the products from a grocery. The only question is when the collecting society started to represent food and paying it the royalties they were eager to collect.
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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
|only people can stop these socialist pigs|
|What they SHOULD have done is PAY them on TWO occasions, then, as they've established that it wasn't a one off incident, SUE THEM for Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses or have them Charged with FRAUD. There's nothing like the possibility of large monetary loss or a possible criminal conviction to make people see the error of their ways in a BIG hurry.|
It wouldn't surprise me if some unaffiliated struggling singer/songwriter gets them to collect for his/her songs, then Sue them for theft. I wonder what their payout would be, since it's ALREADY been established that this is an ongoing company behavior.
|These kind of measures may work in the short term, but in the long term, don't they realise that this will only force people to NOT play music in public? How do they think people get exposed to new music? People hear something new and buy it if they like it. It really is that simple.|
|A few years ago I was in an electronics store and they had a music clip playing on a big TV at the front of the store. I could see that Phil Collins was playing drums, but didn't know what DVD was playing. After finding out it was his "Finally ... The last farewell tour" I immediately went to the music store next door and bought the DVD. A sale that never would have happened if I hadn't seen that clip. This must happen several hundred thousand times daily somewhere around the world, sales that would never have happened if some person didn't see or hear something they really liked.||
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