Finnish Music Industry Wants Kindergartens to Pay for Singing

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  1. This world is realy crazy


    According to an AFP report (German derivative work thereof), the Finnish music industry is asking kindergartens to pay about 20 €uros per month in royalties for singing and performing copyright-protected songs. Marja-Leena Karjula of the national copyright agency Teosto is cited: \"Royalties have to be paid for every work that is performed outside of private homes.\" In a similar vein, last year the Finnish music industry had forced taxi drivers to pay royalties for music played while driving (because passengers might be listening!).
    Of course, copyright is not about freedom of speech at all. Those damn kindergarten thieves could always write their own songs. Gotta teach them about copyright while they\'re still young. Teosto probably took their lessons from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers which, in 1996, tried to force Girl Scout Camps to pay royalties for singing copyrighted songs -- such as \"Happy Birthday\" and \"This Land is Your Land\".
  2. man thats pretty messed up

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