Mudcat Café message #208313 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20110   Message #208313
Posted By: GUEST,Rana
07-Apr-00 - 10:17 AM
Thread Name: Only in Canada eh? Pity!
Subject: RE: Only in Canada eh? Pity!
Actually, it isn't only in Canada where common sense and good judgement seems to be lacking on the part of beaurocrats. There was a thread on another folk list serverer a couple of years ago which mentioned the US equivalent of SOCAN was trying to get fees for campfire singarounds at a girl guides event.

I suppose they see this as a commercial business broadcasting the songs and apply the same rules as for a bar. I suppose record stores would also have to pay.

I can see that wording of the legislation could be difficult - much like the squeegy-kid legislation (which I felt was draconian) in Ontario will also affect charities and cxar wash events (and presumably us morris dancers when we bag). But loose interpretation should be allowed with the officials