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Copyright Tribunal demands higher license fees from Nightclubs in Australia

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 12 Jul 2007 3:23 User comments (3)

Copyright Tribunal demands higher license fees from Nightclubs in Australia Australian record companies and recording artists are set to benefit from a decision handed down in the Copyright Tribunal in Australia that demands a "better deal" from Nightclubs and dance parties. The Tribunal has approved an application by the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) for an increase in music license fees paid to artists and record labels by dedicated nightclub venues and commercially organized dance parties.
In the first comprehensive review of this tariff ever undertaken by the Copyright Tribunal, the Tribunal has lifted rates for licensed sound recordings played in nightclubs from 7 cents per person to $1.05 cents per person. The dance party rate rises from 20 cents to $3.07 cents per person. The decision follows a two week long case before the Tribunal (headed by a Federal Court judge) which heard expert economic evidence on the value of the licensed music played in nightclubs and at dance parties.

"An increase in these tariffs is long overdue and will help compensate artists who create the product which is the foundation of the nightclub and dance party industries. Artists are entitled to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and this will go some way towards compensating us for our creative output." PPCA Board member and Mondo Rock musician Paul Christie said.

"This is a modest increase when considering nightclub operators typically charge $10.00 per person for admission, $5.00 for a drink, $2.80 for a bottle of water and $2.00 to hang up a coat", PPCA Chief Executive Stephen Peach said.

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3 user comments

112.7.2007 4:28

license fees paid to artists and record labels
I just wanted to know how much for the artists and how much for the record labels...

yeah, that´s what I thought...

214.7.2007 19:33

I don't have anything against the higher fees- nightclubs regularly rip consumers off anyway- but the royalties are based on the capacity of the venue, not how many people are actually there. That seems unfair to me.

317.7.2007 2:21

Its a good thing that my clubbing days are over and i am not fussed at all by this. Well the artist needs to make money however they can.

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