[Introspective] ot - assholes on the rampage

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Sat Feb 1 01:10:50 PST 2003

This is from www.infoanarchy.org via www.neowin.net:

Finnish Music Industry Wants Kindergartens to Pay for Singing
By erik, Section Articles
Posted on Wed Jan 29th, 2003 at 12:27:55 AM GMT
According to an AFP report (German derivative work thereof), the Finnish
music industry is asking kindergartens to pay about 20 €uros per month in
royalties for singing and performing copyright-protected songs. Marja-Leena
Karjula of the national copyright agency Teosto is cited: "Royalties have to
be paid for every work that is performed outside of private homes." In a
similar vein, last year the Finnish music industry had forced taxi drivers
to pay royalties for music played while driving (because passengers might be
Of course, copyright is not about freedom of speech at all. Those damn
kindergarten thieves could always write their own songs. Gotta teach them
about copyright while they're still young. Teosto probably took their
lessons from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
which, in 1996, tried to force Girl Scout Camps to pay royalties for singing
copyrighted songs -- such as "Happy Birthday" and "This Land is Your Land".

It's getting stupid out there, people.


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