new tariffs that apply to recorded music used at live events. A not-for-profit group called Re:Sound will collect fees on behalf of the record labels and performers who contributed to the music.
For weddings, receptions, conventions, assemblies and fashion shows, the fee is $9.25 per day if fewer than 100 people are present, up to $39.33 for crowds of more than 500. If there's dancing the fees double! Does toe tapping count? How about waving to and fro? Is a party at my house considered an 'assembly'?
Karaoke bars will pay between $86 and $124 annually depending on how many days per week they permit the amateur crooning. So just singing music in a bar costs the bar money.
Parades will be charged $4.39 per float with recorded music playing, subject to a minimum fee of $32.55 per day. You want to put on a free fireworks display accompanied by recorded music? That'll cost you $61.85. Going to play music in the park for the general good of the people. That'll be $16.28 a day to a maximum of $111.47 per 3 month period.
They're supposedly going with the honour system for payment and it is said that agents will be randomly going around the country to look for infringers. I'm totally serious. Did our Conservative government agree to this?
I wonder how long it will take for these crooks to come after buskers who perform music. I wonder how this applies to sporting events. Are they already paying a fee for all those song clips they play? If I get up and dance in the stands, did I just double what they owe?
P.S.: I may have used a copyright photo in this post and you know what? I just don't freaking care anymore. See if I buy another music CD ever again (put out by a label).