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Kwik-Fit sued over staff listening to the radio

I can’t quite believe I’ve just read this.

A car repair firm has been tak­en to court accused of infring­ing musi­cal copy­right because its employ­ees lis­ten to radios at work.

It seems now we are not allowed to lis­ten to the radio at work. I don’t quite under­stand the case here. Sure­ly the radio sta­tion, which is broad­cast pub­licly under license, has paid for the rights to play the music?

4 responses

  1. I too heard about this Phil and I could­n’t believe it either.
    From what I’ve heard, although I don’t know if it is cor­rect the com­pa­ny must have a licence to play music in their work­sta­tion — or some­thing like that. I think that is mad real­ly because at the end of the day the radio is pro­vid­ing the music and you have no con­trol of what’s played… Any­way, it was being dis­cussed on a thread on the PCAd­vi­sor forums, it might shed a bit more light on the con­fu­sion (I haven’t been too both­ered to read up on it prop­er­ly…).

  2. I too heard about this Phil and I could­n’t believe it either.
    From what I’ve heard, although I don’t know if it is cor­rect the com­pa­ny must have a licence to play music in their work­sta­tion — or some­thing like that. I think that is mad real­ly because at the end of the day the radio is pro­vid­ing the music and you have no con­trol of what’s played… Any­way, it was being dis­cussed on a thread on the PCAd­vi­sor forums, it might shed a bit more light on the con­fu­sion (I haven’t been too both­ered to read up on it prop­er­ly…).

  3. Thanks for link Aidan, I’ll give it a scan see if I can glean any­thing. I’m guess­ing it’s because the music can be heard by mem­bers of the pub­lic and so con­sti­tutes a pub­lic per­for­mance.
    edit: It does seem to be because it’s a work­place which is ridicu­lous, it’s a radio.

  4. Thanks for link Aidan, I’ll give it a scan see if I can glean any­thing. I’m guess­ing it’s because the music can be heard by mem­bers of the pub­lic and so con­sti­tutes a pub­lic per­for­mance.
    edit: It does seem to be because it’s a work­place which is ridicu­lous, it’s a radio.

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