NoteBoat wrote:I'd guess wedding venues are also on the radar of the rights agencies. And other stuff you wouldn't even think of - if the restaurant has the radio playing, they're supposed to pay - and some have been sued (successfully) for not doing so.
As I said that already happens here. Some bares, coffees and restaurants are using free music because SGAE sends letters asking for money if they use commercial music. And it also happens in wedding parties in private sites (not hotels or similar sites).
The worst case (or one of the worst cases) was last summer in a small and beautiful village near to Portugal called Zalamea de la Serena. The people of Zalamea (600 persons! Almost all the village!) play 'El Alcalde de Zalamea' (The Major of Zalamea), a work of Pedro CalderÃ³n de la Barca
(1600-1681), every year. They use a free adaptation of other writer (Francisco Brines
, 1932-) who donated his work to the village. SGAE asked 14.000â‚¬ to the village last summer (here is a link
to a Spanish newspaper).
Minotaur: Yep, a new cold war is coming!