Pay to play

if you own a music shop that is.

Music shop boss Steve Kowalski has been told he will have to pay to play if his customers want to try out his instruments before they buy.

Steve, who took over the 78-year-old established business a year ago, received a call out of the blue from PRS who asked if he or his customers tried out musical instruments.

He said: “I thought, what a daft question, of course we do.”

When he said they did, they told him that if anyone played a riff “an identifiable piece of music” he was in breach of copyright and was breaking the law.

“They said it constituted a public performance!” he gasped. “I thought someone was winding me up.”Full Story

Bloody hell talk about taking things just a bit too far…

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