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Re: Radio in the workplace

On Thu, 3 Jul 1997 09:30:22 -0700, 
Peter Donnelly   <skookum@islandnet.com> wrote:

>Is anyone aware of any legal precedent establishing a
>right to quiet in the workplace? 

   Here are a couple of things that come to mind.

   (1) The re-broadcast of a radio transmission on commercial
property is already illegal in itself.  It is considered "theft of 
service".  The idea being that the music is being "used" without 
paying royalties.  The royalties paid by the radio station DO NOT 
cover the further commercial exploitation of their broadcast.  This 
was the whole basis for Muzak Corporation.  Muzak pays royalties to 
BMI or ASCAP based on the number of businesses served, so performers 
and composers are more fairly compensated. 
  In the U.S., this law is codified under F.C.C. regulations.  I'm 
certain there is a similar law in Canada as well.  A "provincial 
government" operation will, hopefully, be inclined to respect the 

  (2) We could all sign a petition to be sent to the manager.  He's 
obviously not well informed on the issue.  There have been some good 
arguments put forth lately about the adverse effects of such low level 
noise in the workplace.  Reprints of these articles could be included 
with the petition.

David Staudacher - quiet@igc.org 
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