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Restaurant Owner Ordered To Pay BMI $30,450 For 'Illegally Playing' Four Unlicensed Songs
According to BMI, the royalty collection agency made numerous attempts to collect a yearly fee from Foster's (currently $6,060), but had no success:
Broadcast Music Incorporated sued Fosters and claimed in court documents that it called the restaurant 56 times and mailed 29 letters. BMI says Fosters ignored its requests to get a license to play music.
"We've been attempting to resolve this for two years now," said Robbin Ahrold, BMI's vice president of corporate communications and marketing. "It is our obligation when we sign an agreement with these songwriters to be diligent and do what we can do to collect their royalties."
Which means that if you buy a CD by, say, Ryan Adams, or download one of his songs from iTunes, and play it at your family reunion, even if 500 people come, you owe nothing. But if you play it at a restaurant you own, then you must pay for the right to harness Adams’s creativity to earn money for yourself. Which leaves you with three choices: you can track down Ryan Adams, make a deal with him and pay him directly; you can pay a licensing fee to the P.R.O. that represents him — in this case, BMI; or you can ignore the issue altogether and hope not to get caught.
The Terms & Conditions that you agree to when registering for Spotify states that Spotify is for personal, non-commercial use.
Originally posted by mysterioustranger
As a copyright owner who does receive royalties, I see it like this. You can play whatever you want of your own music collection in a building or space you own: no stopping you from doing that. (Flea Markets, Independent Stores etc)....whatever.
So if you are SAYING a "music collection FOR the business"...you could just as easily say "I play my favorites from my collection of tapes, CD, Mp3 files while I am at my business..
Same thing...vastly different interpretation.
1. You bring your fav collection from home
2. You use your fav collection FOR your business...and therefore...to make money.
Both vastly different. Just an interpretation.
PS We have gone after users who use our stuff in a business to make money, and not gone after those who in a business play our copyrighted material at work. See?