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Re: Fripp & Eno 1973 / BBC / Peel /RIAA

Actually that probably wasn't the RIAA, but either BMI or ASCAP.

The scenario you described is how publishing works in America.  It
costs about a thousand dollars a year for an ASCAP or BMI license.
The restaurant was just too cheap to pay twenty bucks a week.


On 7/9/07, Rev Fever <revfever@ubergadget.com> wrote:

> The RIAA.   What a bunch of thugs and vicious brown shirts.
> Years ago, I knew of a restaurant in Dallas TX that had a guy who
> played PIANO in there for the soft and smooth entertainment of the
> diners,
> and he played well known songs from sheet music.  Well, one day, the
> RIAA showed up and FINED the restaurant since the place was not
> PAYING the royalties to have that guy play those tunes on the
> piano!!  This resulted in the place NO MORE having a piano player
> and the guy LOST his JOB, which very likely was NOT some high wage
> job to begin with, and was supplemented by any tips he managed to get.
> So, that poor guy was quickly and suddenly unemployed.   Welcome to
> Corporate World.
> "Just doin' our job, ma'am". (RIAA, with a Dragnet's  Sgt Joe Friday
> voice)
> -Rev. Fever