Want to sing Carols? Pay Copyright fees first!

A charity has been hit with a bill … because children sing Christmas carols on the premises.
Staff at historic Dam House in Astley, part of which is now a tearoom, were shocked last year when a Performing Rights Society officer visited and told them they needed a licence for staff to listen to a radio in the kitchen.They were even more surprised when quizzed about what other activities they allowed on the premises and were stunned to be told their annual carol concert would be taken into account when the cost of their licence was calculated.

Last year they were handed a bill of £230 – which they managed to pay
by holding a raffle – but the future of fund-raising shows was put in doubt after the PRS demanded £470 this year.
Trustee Margaret Hatton said: “They told us the only way to avoid paying to sing the carols is if the kids are told to stick to old songs which are out of copyright.

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okay, seriously, wtf?

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