Australian PPCA Wins Huge Fitness Class Royalty IncreaseAdded: Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
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Phonographic Performance Company of Australia scores massive increase in royalties coming up to 1500%, with the new rate increasing from 97 cents to $15.00 per one fitness class.
Copyright collecting groups go on looking for more signs of profit within the society, and work harder in light of constantly decreasing sales of physical media. PPCA can be considered the most profligate example of their attitude to the means of reaching their goal after succeeding to convince the Australian Copyright Tribunal to rule in favor of dramatic fitness class royalty fees increase.
The Tribunal has been hearing evidence almost six weeks and later came to a decision to allow the hike of the licensing fee from reasonable 97 cents per each class to $15.00 (or $1.00 per attendee). When it comes to figures, an annual cost increase can be as much as 1,500% with fees amounting to $23,400 against the current $1,510 per year. And this is estimated just for the middle-sized fitness center having around 1,500 members attending about 30 classes a week.
PPCA justifies the decision by an unquestionable improvement for copyright owners whose music is usually used during fitness classes for motivating and attracting members and confirms that the Tribunal admitted that the scheme used before really undervalued the contribution of music to the fitness industry. Talking about the scale of the price hike it points out that music used in classes is an essential accompaniment without which they can’t function appropriately.
That part where Tribunal wants music to reflect the value it adds to fitness classes can be reduced to an absurdity, as it never takes into account that a tax on attending would serve better to the public health. Moreover, it can come to a point where people are required to pay a fee for music every single time they hear it, either directly or indirectly.
The international record labels represented by the PPCA are probably expecting profits increasing due to the Tribunal’s decision. However, an umbrella organization for numerous fitness centers all over the country said its members are going to turn to using the music which is free of Phonographic Performance Company of Australia’s copyright fees in order to mitigate the impact of the Tribunal’s decision, as they consider it not to be very attractive both to themselves and their customers.
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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
|WOW those people had to either be on drugs to come up with this in OZLAND...|
To think they now managed to get their version of the performance tax they are trying to ram through here in the USA..
To have to pay a tax to listen to music to get healthy - jeez..
Here's what I would do at one of these places; use software like fruityloops to make drum and beat tracks; then do the fitness classes to them.
Then when I am not in a "fitness Class" and using a machine; run my ipod and listen to MY OWN MUSIC..
|posted by (2010-05-20 02:42:49)|
|The PPCA even make shops who play the radio buy a yearly licence. They walk around shopping centres checking for licenses and issue on the spot fines if they don't have one. It is such a little known about law that alot of new shop owners dont even know it exists. But its not only shops, its restaurants or any public places. Many more people that I know are starting to use royalty free music and I help them where I can ie internet searches etc. Whenever I walk into a shop that does not have the PPCA license and has the radio playing I tell them about the law. Its my way of getting back at these pigs who just want to screw with people. The guys who "police" these laws are usually megalomaniacs who have a bit of power that has gone to their pea brains. I don't mind people making money from their music - that's fine. But there a lot of music industry hanger onners and wanna bees who have developed ways to be in the industry, and this one that the government or other quasi industries have made.|
|KazzaGirl - question?|
What are your trespass laws in OZLAND?
Meaning since these PPCA pukes are not law enforcement evict them from your property and them have the puke prove you were in violation.. You might get away with it once..
|posted by (2010-05-20 08:15:06)|
|Been like that in the UK for a long time but the organization behind it is the Performing Rights Society. Basically their remit is to gather payment for composers and artists for "public" performances of their music....and that's the issue. If the music can be heard by the public, then a PRS license is required, if not a fine can be imposed. As for the trespass issue, that wouldn't work in the UK as we're talking about licenses for music played or heard in a public place and you need not "enter" to hear it. Though I do wonder if this whole license for public music are really unfair? Pubs, clubs, bars and radio stations all use music as part of and to generate income and they MUST have a license, and before anyone asks music is used to sell....either drinks, food or advertising in the case of radio stations. Consider then how you'd feel if your next door neighbour didn't bother to tax and insure the vehicles he used for business? Personally I think this one levels the playing field, or tries to at least.|
Thank's for the read SaM
|I would really like to see the books on how much and exactly where this money is going being collected by the PPCA?|
Okay so say I am playing Filipino music on the stereo in the shop; the PPCA is going to fine me for not having this license? Even though they do not even represent the "artist"?
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