MusicDish e-Journal - July 20, 2018
MusicDish Advertising Network
» HOME » INSIDER SCOOP » CAREER TIPS » MUSIC SPOTLIGHT » MUSICDISH*CHINA
» INDUSTRY INTERVIEWS » NEWS BEAT » DIGITAL SKOOL » OPEN REVIEW » MUSICDISH EDELWEISS
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Finnish cabbies to pay for backseat music
RIAA is alive and well in Scandinavia
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
(more articles from this author)
2002-12-15
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

Finnish taxi drivers will have to fork out royalty fees if they play music while a customer is in the backseat, Finland's Supreme Court has decided after a 7 - 4 vote.

If a CD, tape cassette or radio is playing while a punter is on board a cab, it's the same as a public performance and under the court ruling is, therefore, subject to a standard copyright fee, reports Finland's Helsingin Sanomat's English language edition.

"The decision followed the lines of two lower courts, who had ordered a Helsinki taxi driver to pay the Finnish Composers' Copyright Society Teosto FIM 240 (EUR 40) in royalty fees for playing music in his cab for a year," said the newspaper.

"The Supreme Court lowered the payment to EUR 22 (about $22 US) because the playing of music did not apparently have much bearing on the establishment of customer relationships. In addition, the rides were often of short duration, involving only a small number of passengers.

"The court based its decision on Finnish copyright law, according to which playing music - even to a small group of people - is considered a public performance if it takes place in connection with an activity involving the earning of money - as is the case with music being played in a taxi."

The four-person minority view was that if there's music in a taxi, it's probably there mainly for the driver's enjoyment, especially if he/she is waiting for a customer.

"Customers often ask that the music be turned off," added Helsingin Sanomat. "For this reason, the minority on the Supreme Court felt that the monetary benefit of playing music in a taxi is questionable at best, and they felt that it is also questionable to apply copyright legislation to such a situation."

The court apparently didn't rule on whether or not it's OK for drivers to whistle or sing with a passenger in the cab.


Home » News Beat » Finnish cabbies to pay for backseat music
Permalink:http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=7252
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top


MusicDish Advertising Network

News Beat

» 13 Music Label Sold to MTN

» Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records

» ASCAP Revenues Top $1.144 Billion In 2017

» BMG Appoints New Creative Directors In Nashville

» Live.me Launches Its First Live Musical Themed Content Series

News Beat Directory



» [2018-06-23] The 2018 MIDEM Silk Road International Music Alliance Signing; International Music Industries Signing Of A Mutual Resource Sharing Agreement With Shanghai Conservatory Of Music & The China Records Group

» [2018-06-06] Screen Music Connect To Explore The Music Of Film, Television And Interactive Media; Created By James Hannigan, Award-winning Composer And Game Music Connect Co-founder, Screen Music Connect Builds On The Success Of The Sold-out Game Music Conferences

» [2018-06-05] Fred Casimir To Develop BMG's Global Recordings Business; As Well As Building BMG's European Infrastructure, Casimir Was Instrumental In Developing BMG's Recordings Business

» [2018-06-03] 13 Music Label Sold To MTN; DSN Music Spins Off Record Label To Albuquerque Music Entrepreneur's New Group

» [2018-06-02] CISAC 2018 Annual Report; A Comprehensive Overview Of The Confederation's Work To Serve 4 Million Creators And 239 Authors Societies Across The World

» [2018-06-02] MusicDish Announces A Love Electric 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Crisscross Through China With 12 Shows In 8 Cities, Including Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Kunming, Jiaxin, Wuhan And Beijing

» [2018-06-02] Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records; Renowned U.K. Music Executive To Join Universal Music Group's U.S. Label Leadership

» [2018-05-17] Avant-Garde Label Maybe Noise Launches In Beijing; The Official Launch Will Be On May 26 At Magnet Theater With A Performance Supporting Its First Vinyl Release: Png Z

» [2018-05-04] Award-Winning Lithuanian Rock Band Colours Of Bubbles "She Is The Darkness" 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Kickoff In Shanghai Where The Band Will Represent Lithuania During The Country's Signing To The Silk Road Music Alliance

» [2018-05-01] Hollywood Heavyweights Launch New Christian Music Label; Their Debut Release, Firma Collective - Songs For Every Soul, Was Produced By Mgrdichian And Mixed By The Legendary Brian Reeves

» [2018-04-30] Pop Artist Ava King Releases New Single; Paris-born Ava King Decided To Move To Beijing Where She Wrote For One Of The Biggest Chinese Movie Production Companies, HuaYi Brothers

» [2018-04-27] NetEase Cloud Music Sign Distribution Partnership With B2 Music; Chinese Music Streaming Service To Release Billboard "Best Of Asia" Album Series
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR

SUITEHOP Partners W/ Venues For Direct-to-Consumer VIP Experiences In Secure Marketplace

Gulf Coast Group Johnny John & The Schemin' Dreamers Release Debut Powerhouse AOR EP

BWH Music Group Releases Hottest Album Of The Summer

Cinq Music Appoints Marcus Spence SVP Of A&R

Hybrid Studios Hosts Student Field Trip Day

Australian DJ Duo NERVO Enter Sports Arena With Unique Volleyball Partnership

2018 Summer Additions Come To Hybrid Studios



Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2018 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships