[LINK] The recording industry gets ridiculous and has to apologise.
kim at holburn.net
Thu Oct 22 01:27:58 AEDT 2009
> Apology for singing shop worker
> Sandra Burt was told she needed a licence to sing in the store
> A shop assistant who was told she could not sing while she stacked
> shelves without a performance licence has been given an apology.
> Sandra Burt, 56, who works at A&T Food store in Clackmannanshire,
> was warned she could be fined for her singing by the Performing
> Rights Society (PRS).
> The village store where Mrs Burt works was contacted by the PRS
> earlier this year to warn them that a licence was needed to play a
> radio within earshot of customers.
> When the shop owner decided to get rid of the radio as a result, Mrs
> Burt said she began singing as she worked.
> She told the BBC news website: "I would start to sing to myself when
> I was stacking the shelves just to keep me happy because it was very
> quiet without the radio.
> "When I heard that the PRS said I would be prosecuted for not having
> a performance licence, I thought it was a joke and started laughing.
> "I was then told I could be fined thousands of pounds. But I
> couldn't stop myself singing.
> "They would need to put a plaster over my mouth to get me to stop, I
> can't help it."
> In response to the furore created by their initial hardline, the PRS
> contacted Mrs Burt to apologise.
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