Listen up: Restaurants pay high price to play copyrighted music

mr. sin

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Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh pizzeria owner Robert Royster says he pays thousands of dollars each year to play copyrighted music for his customers. If restaurants and clubs don’t buy licenses, they can end up like another Raleigh eatery, in court facing huge fines.

“It’s very important to us to have the right music because of the atmosphere, and there are expenses that go along with that,” said Royster, who owns Rukus Pizza on Avent Ferry Road.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/wral_investigates/story/9984679/
 

Josh_R

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Wait, have they never heard of slacker radio. Try "Dago Music Radio", only a few commercials per hour and you choose the Guidos you want to listen to.
 

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Wait, have they never heard of slacker radio. Try "Dago Music Radio", only a few commercials per hour and you choose the Guidos you want to listen to.
Yeah, thats a lawsuit from ASCAP and BMI if you do that. Doesn't matter what the source is. It could be a cover band. If you play music written by other people, you pay.

Even radio stations that don't play music pay a portion of their revenues, just for bumpers. We pay something like $10k a year, plus give ad time to Citadel for the rights to use their production libraries where most of our bumpers come from.
 
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Uggh. The record cunt just have to make themselves even more hate able.
This isn't a new phenomenon. These licenses have been around forever. It's part of the cost of doing business if you want to play copyrighted music in your store/restaurant. There are plenty of free songs that aren't copyrighted available out there and most businesses that don't want to pay the licensing fee use those.
 

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I was on vacation a coupla years ago... a Caribbean cruise... Royal Caribbean. We're in Labadee, Haiti, at Royal Caribbean's private resort thing. I goes to the little visitor information hut thingy to ask a question about Jet Ski tours or somesuchshit. Here's what I see as I walk in... there's a short, bald jewey-looking guy yelling at the Haitian sheboon behind the desk. He's got a thick, jewey NY accent and he's taking the negress to task thusly... "Those musicians are playing copyrighted music! I want to see a license of authorization!"

Mind you... the "musicians" he's talking about are these four old ass Haitian dudes who are standing outside playing like a busted ass banjo, a rusty washtub drum, and a kazoo. They're singing shit like Bob Marley's One Love and Buffet's Margaritaville... poorly... very poorly. They're basically just beggers with a coconut shell begging jar on the ground in front of them.

The jewey putz goes on to explain that he's some sort of "intellectual property attorney" or somesuchshit and he's threatening to rain down legal hellfire on the heads of The Royal Caribbean International Inc. for the heinous copyright infringement crimes that are being perpetrated. He's standing there all red in the face and ranting about this bullshit to some big, fat Haitian mammy whose job is selling beach pails and booking parasailing excursions.

And mind you... this is happening like two months after the big earthquake devastated Haiti... and here's this NY lawyer asshole vehemently laying his intellectual property theft bullshit on some squat-in-the-dirt poor Haitians. "I'm a loyah! I'll sue you! Sue everybody! For punitive damages!"

It was the one time in my life when I was happy to see some sheboon negrotude. Mammy just looked at the putz, raised an eyebrow, and gave him "the look"... you know what I'm talking about... that "Nigga, you crazy" look that only a hardcore sheboon can throw at you. She stared Melvin Putzenstein Esq. down for a good thirty seconds, and then she looked over at me, and simultaneously me and her both burst out laughing. We laughed our asses off until Melvin finally got the message and walked out in a huff. Mammy says to me, "You believe dis guy, mon?" and I'm like, "Too funny, right?" and then we fist bumped. It was a magic moment.
 

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If you sell CDs then you can play CDs in your business

There are restrictions concerning the number of speakers per square foot

XM has XM for business, its no different than how a bar pays a comercial rate for Direct TV
 

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If you sell CDs then you can play CDs in your business

There are restrictions concerning the number of speakers per square foot

XM has XM for business, its no different than how a bar pays a comercial rate for Direct TV
You still have to pay your ASCAP/BMI license on top of the business XM fees, I'm sure. Unless they just collect the fees in their charges.
 

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You still have to pay your ASCAP/BMI license on top of the business XM fees, I'm sure. Unless they just collect the fees in their charges.

I always figured the license fees were included in the XM for business package, but I never really looked into it.
 

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You still have to pay your ASCAP/BMI license on top of the business XM fees, I'm sure. Unless they just collect the fees in their charges.
I recall hearing XM Business commercials back in the day, and they specifically mentioned they were paying the BMI fees. Don't know about post-merger.

Sent from my fucking phone, so I'm going to misspell shit.
 

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As long as Shylock gets his, I guess they'll let XM operate without breaking Mel's knees.
 

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I think this is why juke boxes are used, you are getting money for each song played as they are counted each time someone plays the song and the money goes to the correct label