What do you all do about your music? We've been playing off our ipod in our bakery but now I am reading about how illegal this is and fines (if they find you) can be steep. Apparently, you need to have a music "service" which has paid all the licensing fees and royalties or pay the fees directly to BMI, ASCAP, etc. Is anybody/everybody doing this?
music in the kitchen or dining room
I got hassled (threatened) by one of them in person, either ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC. I told them I was playing music that was from my personal collection and so therefore had been legally purchased with resultant royalties yada yada yada paid. They didn't care and said something to the effect that even though I had purchased them, I couldn't play them in a for profit situation something something...at this point i tuned them and the legalese out. They also didn't like the fact I had a classical trained guitarist playing in the dining room on the weekends. I said he is member of the musician's union for god's sake and he is just trying to make a living. That slowed them down a little on that front.
I wound up buying a multi CD set from an organization that cost probably 10x the usual amount but it was all music in the public domaine and played by artists that... at this point I got lost in the mumbo jumbo, but somehow it worked with it's one time purchase price through a loophole that kept me free from the yearly fees and potential lawsuits from the 3 previously mentioned groups.
I also heard that if you caved to the yearly fees from one of the groups, the other 2 would quickly show up at your door and expect their yearly fee as well because how could you be certain without checking every single song played that the first group had the licensing rights as opposed to their group. All waayyy tooo complicated and BS but it is happening out there.
Thanks for sharing that. These are the stories I am starting to hear from people. It seems like such a racket, but it is what it is, I guess. I've been researching some music "suppliers" that have taken care of all the licensing and then you just stream the music for a monthly fee. There are several (Pandora DMX, Sirius for business, etc.) but Cloudcover seems to be the cheapest ($17.95/month) and you don't have to buy any special players.
I finally located the CDs that I bought that took care of my problems with the music licensing groups. Here is a link to the website http://www.manionmusic.com/?pg=usahome They weren't cheap, but a one time deal and done forever, plus a quality product.