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Holy moly

Someone please tell me this is satire, a fraud, and completely untrue...


Blessed silvery fish - what is the world coming to?


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Dec. 23rd, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
Good lord. It *can't* be true, can it?
Dec. 23rd, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)
The Maccclesfield Express is a Manchester based newspaper, and the rest of the site doesn't appear to be satire, so it appears to be true.

However, considering ASCAP wanted performance royalties for songs Boy Scouts sang at campires, I'm not too surprised that someone else wants folks to pay for every little thing.
Dec. 23rd, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to say I came from Didsbury not Macclesfield and yes, I'm sure it is true 'cuase if an official can stick their beak in, they will.
Dec. 24th, 2005 02:12 am (UTC)
It's entirely of a piece with the other greedy overreaching the content industry is engaged in all the time. I keep saying that our entire intellectual property regime has gotten so completely screwed up that society would be better off having no copyrights, patents, trademarks, or trade secret laws at all than the mess we have now (to say nothing of where we're headed), and as far as I can tell, almost everyone that hears me say it writes me off as a loony. Perhaps this will bring one or two people to my side. (No, my point is not that I actually want to have no protection at all; I want to have sane protection that actually serves the interest of society.)
Dec. 24th, 2005 09:45 am (UTC)
And I thought, only the German GEMA was as baad as that.
Dec. 31st, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
Nope. It's true. It's a result of the new Entertainments Licensing Laws which have now come in. Last year a restaurant owner was taken to court because 5 customers sang "Happy Birthday" to another customer, and the restaurant didn't have a PE license.

It's killing traditional music, for no rhyme or reason, and I could cheerfully string someone up over it.

But the sickening thing? You don't need a license for a huge screen television showing football matches, because that isn't "intrusive" or liable to "incite disorder". Unlike, say, me playing harp in my local pub.
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