Hotels Protest Against Music Fees

Polish Copyright

Polish Copyright

How important for hotel guests is a TV in their room or the music that is played in the lobby? The answer to this question depends on the final court verdict on the price of music played in public places. The copyright fees for music played in public, approved by the Copyright Commission, has been questioned by the Economic Chamber of the Polish Hotel Industry (IGHP). “To begin with, we question the new high fees. According to the Orbis group, it is double what it was before. We have compared our fees with other EU states and the newly proposed fees are, for example, 7.5 times higher than in France,” said Ireneusz Węgłowski, head of IGHP and the deputy president of Orbis S.A.. Copyright management organisations do not agree with these estimates. “The problem does not regard the fees. Up until now, many hotels had not signed any agreements with any of the royalties management organisations. Now they know how much they should actually pay and this explains the number of complaints from the hotel industry,” said Agnieszka Bieniek-Rusiecka, a solicitor from the Polish Society of Authors and Composers (ZAiKS).
Gazeta Prawna

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