Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mind Boggler of the Day

I rarely comment on news items, but these two blips are beyond ludicrous. The PRS is the British equivalent of the RIAA, who, we assume, will surely adopt these Draconian regulations in an effort to squeeze the last penny out of anyone dumb enough to hum in public.

PRS Threatens Woman For Playing Radio To Her Horses Without Paying A Licensing Fee

PRS's Latest Trick: Demanding Money From Shop Assistant Who Was Singing At Work

10 comments:

KPiep said...

Oh Good Grief.

Lorette said...

As my mother always said, common sense isn't all that common.

Janice in GA said...

There's some real craziness re copyright and such stuff in the UK and Canada lately. Cory Doctorow's always railing against it.

There's going to be a huge backlash at some point, mark my words.

punkin said...

wow. creepy.

Jane said...

Honestly, if the PRS and even the dear Beeb, don't 'get with the program' soon, they will find themselves seriously left behind. In this age of transparency and free media access for all, hacking off their potential customers is only going to come back to haunt them.

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

Jane is correct. They are turning away their own market.

heidi said...

amazing, talking about using creativity in wrong ways

Carol said...

Wow. Just...wow.

Jane said...

As I hum while spinning and knitting in my own home, I am amazed anyone could think up this stuff! Fie on them!

Helen said...

Oh I so agree. I used to be sympathetic, but I saw a smarmy record producer on television recently getting self-righteous about it and I turned: I can't see why he should continue to be paid for work he did 15 years ago.