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Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:38

Mu$ic and local bu$iness

'It's a Legal Matter, Baby'

'We fully support the local music scene and the right of songwriters and musicians getting paid. Ninety percent of the artists we feature are playing original music, not covers. In the long run, how does taxing our music scene help these artists?' -Gene Beck, owner, Nocturnem

'Using music in a business is a business decision. It is a very powerful tool to drive profits. In my mind, there is something fundamentally wrong with taking something that doesn't belong to you and using it for your own benefit.' - Ari Surdoval, BMI

The next time you walk into a business, listen carefully. Do you hear music? Depending on the type of business you are visiting and how they use music, they may be paying for the right to play it in their establishment. If they're not, they could be in violation of U.S. copyright law.

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