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Re: Radio in the workplace
On Fri, 4 Jul 1997 16:54:04 -0400 (EDT),
Sorrento95@aol.com <Sorrento95@aol.com> wrote:
>> (1) The re-broadcast of a radio transmission on commercial property
>> is already illegal in itself. It is considered "theft of service".
>This is interesting, but it raises a couple of questions:
> (1) Couldn't a rebroadcaster make the situation legal by
> purchasing an ASCAP license?
Yes indeed, but (hopefully) the cost of doing so would get them to
stop and consider the issue on a cost/benefit basis. Then they would
probably conclude that it wasn't worth the expense.
> (2) Wouldn't a government agency be exempt from the rebroadcasting
> prohibition? As I understand it, the theory supporting the
> requirement of licenses is that rebroadcasters are using the
> music to support entrepreneurial endeavors. It seems that this
> would not apply to the government.
I don't think so. I think the ultimate reason for licensing is to
see that composers and performers are justly compensated for their
work. While it's true that government isn't like a regular business,
I don't think it negates their obligation to pay royalties.
I read an article on Muzak awhile back that discussed the issue of
illegal re-broadcast. It said that enforcement was usually done by
having a representative from the local musicians union come by and
explain the law. I'm sure I can find the article again. I'll try
and get it this weekend and upload the appropriate excerpts.
David Staudacher - email@example.com
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