Eltham on the copyright cops on Inside Story

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.

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