"I'm an "old" deejay pioneer of the Polish disco scene - I started 1970 and continue at 61 :-)) I do also some work as a publisher against Polish copyright law's persecution of Polish deejays.It's not the way of the 1709 Blog to get involved in domestic law reform especially since, as a group of bloggers from different countries, with different professional or academic backgrounds and different perspectives, we can't easily reach consensus on a wide variety of issues. However, what we can do is to offer people with different views and, in many cases, well-entrenched interests, a chance to debate and discuss their differences. DJs don't share the anxiety that collecting societies have with regard to unauthorised or illicit downloads, and collecting societies don't often see a benefit to viewing, through the eyes of DJs, the little bit of world they both occupy. When both claim to benefit the interests of performers, composers and other rights owners, a little dialogue is in order.
They (the copyright organisations here) work in strange ways -- it looks like corruption etc. -- and send the Police into the discotheques and arrest deejays as pirates, thieves, etc., which I find totally wrong!
We are deejays of discotheques and we are persecuted a lot in Poland because of the sources of the music we play.
Deejay persecutions are totally wrong because, if we play music, then club owners have to pay royalties for precisely what are mentioned on our report lists - for artists, authors, producers. It does not matter what the source is for our mp3 / music / tracks, the same royalties have to be paid.
They call deejays who download music from any internet source pirates. This is upside down and totally wrong, because deejays do not sell this music but play public only that which creates a profit for all - and most of all for artists, producers and authors!
By the way, we in Poland need serious control of copyright organisations as to whether they do transfer 100% of the royalties they say they have the right to collect.
Is there any chance for cooperation with you against this wrong law in Poland as same as against those copyright organisations?"
Monday 6 January 2014
DJs and collecting societies in Poland: time for dialogue?
Yahu Pawul, which will resonate with many people whose experience of copyright is usually with its hard end, at which arbitrary rules appear to govern their regular routines, rules which they find hard to understand or appreciate. Writes Yahu: