Hope that everyone is enjoying their weekend. My buddies were over to watch the hockey game, and a discussion came up about whether a sports arena has to pay for the right to play the music that they play during the game. My buddy swears up and down that the people who own the arena don't have to pay royalties to whoever owns the rights to the song, while I'm pretty sure that they do. They argue that a band like Queen gets paid nothing for having "We will Rock You" played at every sporting event (assuming that Queen still owns the rights to the song), while I think they do. They didn't believe me, so I'm hoping that you guys could help settle this.
Actually, maybe we could take it a little further. I know that many of you are Dj's so maybe you could answer this for me as well. When spinning for a big event like a rave, are the promoters of the event required to pay royalties for the music used during their event? In this case, I would assume that the answer would be no, given that it would probably be quite difficult to monitor. In any case, the output of anyone in the know would be greatly appreciated.
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