Saturday, July 21, 2007

Oh Bloody Hell

The dumbest story I read this week year. Courtesy of Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).

3 comments:

John said...

I was offered a job about 20 years ago from BMI..the gig was to "audit" certain big places (hospitals, big grocery stores) and write down every song I heard for 3 hours..then figure out which ones were licensed by BMI. Then they'd send along an "enforcer" (their term) to see that the place was paying the proper....juice, uh, I mean licensing fee. You should have seen the guys they'd send to clubs..

The musicians union used to do that too..in Chicago at least, NYC too. You'd be playing a club and at the break a guy would show up and ax to see your card..in the old days, the reward for not having a card after 2 such visits was to see your Kustom Amp floating in the Chicago river..tuck 'n' roll floats..

sorry for the hijack T, just reminiscing.

teru said...

Hospitals??? Damn that's cold.

Cool story. I wish they'd make a movie about it. Starring Leonard Cohen as the big boss. He could use the cash. : )

gurdonark said...

I am not offended by songwriters wanting the right to license their songs, but I believe that this is the kind of thing that could benefit by missionary work--"hairdressers--play this, it's free!".

We should have titled the compilation "music for beauty parlors".