Copyright? It’s still copywrong for writers, musicians, photographers and more

Probably the first time I got worried about the yawning gap between old-fashioned copyright law and modern business was when I asked my hairdresser why the radio wasn’t playing in her salon any more.

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Who needs to buy a consumable when you can download it for pennies or get it “under the table” for nothing?

It turned out that without paying for proper (and quite expensive) licensing, the law said you couldn’t play music on the radio in a “public place,” which includes anywhere with employees and/or customers. So Radio Two had to go. Thank you, BBC.

But now? [Read more…]

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