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Submission + - Music royalty society shown to be complete farce ->

euphemistic writes: The Belgian music royalty society SABAM (Société d’Auteurs Belge – Belgische Auteurs Maatschappij) which represents authors, composers and publishers has been targeted by an investigative and satirical show called Basta after receiving complaints about their business practices; such practices include suing a business owner because the TV in his private room could be overheard by public in his shop. Basta decided to test the boundaries of how far SABAM would go to squeeze a buck from those "publically performing" copyrighted works with tragically ludicrous results. English description of the piece can be found here, and the video except from the show (in Belgian) here. Well worth a read for all those who have suspected some music royalty societies have no shame.
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Comment Re:Why is this surprising? (Score 1) 304 304

Our economic system is based on the idea of "profit at all costs." I mean, isn't this what we wanted and fought the cold war for?

Um, no. Our economic system is based on the idea of economic freedom -- which does include the freedom for people and organisations to pursue "profit at all costs" (as long as it's within the law).

The alternative is government bureacrats deciding what the economy should do and -- how shall I put it politely? -- the historic record of such guidance isn't stellar.

A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt

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