A shop assistant has received an apology from the UK’s Performing Rights Society. The PRS had threatened the 56 year-old grandmother with a “four figure” bill for singing in her shop to customers, but has now backed down from its initial big-sticked aggressive stance, and is now brandishing a big bunch of flowers.http://torrentfreak.com/copyright-threats-against-compulsive-singer-withdrawn-091021/
The UK’s Performing Rights Society (PRS) charges for all copyrighted music played or performed outside of an individual’s home. The group distributes the collected royalties to the writers and publishers of the songs. The trouble is, they have a tendency to take their music-police status a little too far.
Firstly they went for £80 for playing a radio in a small corner shop, then they threatened a four figure amount for a singing shop assistant, where will the stupidity end? The only positive is they eventually backed down.