Daily archives: January 16, 2006

Digital DJs pay twice

This is stupid. If you’re a DJ and you want to record all your stuff to your laptop and play a set off it you have to pay a £200 a year licence.

[royalty collection agency] PPL said many DJs wanted to play from laptops or MP3 players instead of records or CDs, despite the fact it was illegal without the permission of the rights owner.

Business affairs director Peter Leathem told Radio 1’s Newsbeat: “Rather than saying stop it, don’t do it, we’ve actually tried to embrace what people want to do and come up with a licence to be able to do that.”

Licensing ‘sting’

He said the £200 charge was “reasonable”, adding: “You don’t actually have to DJ using a laptop. You can use vinyl, you can use CD, so we’re saying that if it’s not worth your while spending £200 then don’t do it.”

What the fuck are they on about? If the DJ has bought the song on vinyl or CD to play it in public (and already paid for a public performance licence) then why do they have to pay again?

BoingBoing has more information. This is bloody stupid and just another sad attempt to wring money out of people.

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Free music challenge

I’ve decided to set myself a challenge. A single sided DVD-R holds about 4.4 gigabytes of data. I’m going to fill one with free music.

Not pirated music, but tracks that are being given away free by artists. I’m going to see how long it takes to fill the DVD. If anyone has any suggestions for sites, please leave them in the comments.

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