The music industry’s desperation is showing. Now they are trying to charge anyone and everyone to save their dying industry. SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) has sent a letter to dentists demanding that they pay a fee when they play music in their offices.
SOCAN claims that when businesses play music for customers in the office or even when callers are placed on hold, that a licence fee is owed. Music played for staff is okay, but the fee applies when customers benefit from the music playing. This could be applied quite broadly to include everything from doctors offices to clothing stores.
SOCAN doesn’t want to press charges. They are hoping businesses will voluntarilty come up with the cash. Yeah, right.
Maybe they’re on to something. I should send out invoices to local businesses for the oxygen they are taking out of the atmosphere. After all, if they and their customers are benefitting, and I don’t have as much oxygen, then I need to be compensated. Don’t worry, I won’t start suing anyone, but maybe they’ll voluntarily send me a cheque.