Copyright law in Australia has become a battleground as supposedly non-profit collection agencies sue industry after industry, writes Ben Eltham in this 15 August article on Inside Story:
Most of us are unaware of it, but Australian copyright law forbids all sorts of everyday uses of music that we take for granted. If you own a business and you play any sort of copyrighted music to your customers – even a CD in the waiting room – you are probably liable to pay a series of music agencies a royalty. The reason is that Australian copyright law grants a special monopoly to collection agencies when it comes to negotiating royalties on behalf of their members.
Read the whole article here.