2012-04-22 20:13:32 UTC
I was in a cafe today. They had a prominent sticker attached to the
till which said, "This Shop Is Licensed To Play Recorded Music" - the
creator of the sticker was shown as PPL. PPL are deliberately
misleading us all.
Let's be clear, in spite of PPL attempting to groom us into thinking
that we need a licence to play recorded music, you don't. However you
will need a licence to play music of artists and record companies who
have signed up to PPL - but that is not everybody.
Many local singers, musicians and bands record their own music and
rely on any exposure they can get in order to build up their
reputation. They may never have commercially released a track through
the shops, and even if they have, they may NEVER have entered into any
relationship with PPL.
It was Independent Record day this week. And thousands of records
have been given away or sold through independent record stores - many
of the releases are nothing to do with PPL.
Yet on their website, PPL say:
"Why do I need a licence?
In order to play recorded music in public, legal permission is needed
from the copyright holders. A music licence gives you this
LIARS! By clever omission and crafty wording - it is implied that we
need a licence from them.
Even if a shop does purchase a licence from PPL, it has no right to
give a shop permission to play a track from an artist's CD, who is not
registered with PPL!
PPL are attempting fraud by occasionally implying that they represent
ALL recorded music (until you look deeper into the wording).
Music, strangely enough, can be made by anyone, and recorded by anyone
and PPL, PRS and the rest of the greedy control freaks in the music
industry have no right to claim 'ownership' of any kind over music
rights - unless they have been requested to'.
But it gets worse! Look at this on the PPL website:
"PPL and PRS for Music are two separate independent companies and in
most instances a licence is required from both organisations for you
to legally play recorded music in public. While we both licence the
use of music and collect royalties for the music industry, we
represent different rights holders and have separate licences, terms
PPL collects and distributes money for the use of recorded music on
behalf of record companies and performers. PRS for Music collects and
distributes money for the use of the musical composition and lyrics on
behalf of authors, songwriters, composers and publishers."
So shop owners have, not ONE .... but TWO companies chasing them for
licence money, simply to play a CD or listen to Radio 4 (yes Radio 4!)
in their shops.
And in the cases of both PPL and PRS, they are bullying shops into
thinking that they need a licence from each of them, to play ANY music
The British music industry is one of the greediest in the world.
Their mafia tactics go back along way and include the rigging of the
music surveys, the bogus purchase of their own songs to hype them into
the charts, the bribing of radio and TV producers, collusion and
payments with Independent radio groups to play certain song, the
payment of gambling and other costs for radio executives and the
ruthless extortion of money from shops, offices, garages, coaches
companies, bus owners etc.
This scandal has been going on for years but the crooks behind these
fraud attempts are stepping up the pressure to extort money!
If you are a self-employed person working from home, and you pay your
wife to help you, you will need a licence from these crooks to listen
to Radio 4!
(They told a garage recently, that he needed a licence from them to be
able to listen to Radio 4, because Radio 4 play tunes into and out of
If you whistle in the street - beware - they will be sending you a
bill soon! And be careful, as they will soon by claiming rights over
fresh air (if the wind howls to the notes of a known tune).
PPL tried to fleece £199 from this man: