By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
The Lancashire police in the UK is being sued by the Performing Rights Society (PRS), which I suppose is another version of the RIAA in the United States. The PRS has its pants in a twist because the cops have been playing music too loud in places such as police stations and to phone callers on hold without a proper license.
That is apparently a public performance for which fees must be collected. Yeah, I’m sure the criminals in handcuffs are standing up hooting and hollering and giving standing ovations everytime Britney Spears comes on the radio to do “Oops, I did it again”.
The PRS tried to collect licensing fees, the Lancashire police told them to take a hike and now it’s heading to court. This promises to be an interesting case!
So if you guys think the RIAA in the United States is out of control, don’t worry. The PRS is totally out of their cage too. They tried to sue some garage mechanics called Kwik-Fit too because their radio was too loud (they only wanted a paltry $390,000 in licensing fees).
They apparently “insist on a license regardless of the means by which the music is performed”.
So if I sing in the shower, will I get sued too?