Given that the Yahoo voice band is at slightly less than AM quality, I don’t see that there would be a problem with people recording such low-fidelity music. I don’t really like listening to tunes in chat rooms for the same reason. MMV.
I know restaurant and club owners have to pay royalties to play music inside, even if it’s just the radio. I don’t know what other circumstances would be different enough to make a public performance legal.
Kat, nobody said copyright law has to agree with common sense.
It’s probably not legal but I doub the RIAA is going to be going after that particular internet music venue any time soon. As anyone who frequents the citizens band can tell you, truckers (and other CB aficionados like myself) have been known to play music over the CB all the time. This would basically be the equivalent of doing that and I’ve never heard of anyone getting prosecuted for doing that although there are a lot of jokes about whether or not the person doing it has a radio license. Yeah, we joke about radio licenses. Us CBers are such cards.
Kat’s scenario is pretty much the kind of thing I was referring to. Playing music at a barbeque is hardly a “performnace”. You pay for the right to do that when you buy the CD. I hope.
I think broadcast (tv, radio) is ok in bars and cafes. Wasn’t there a court decision on tv in sports bars?