The director of a music copyright watchdog is insisting that hotels pay up for music that could potentially be consumed through television sets in their rooms, whether or not guests actually use their TVs. Pho Duc Phuong, director of the Vietnam Center for Protection of Music Copyright (VCPMC), says that while the center cannot prove that a guest is exposed to music on the TV in their hotel rooms, “hotels still owe copyright fees for music consumed via TV.” Phuong is a songwriter himself. The VCPMC said earlier this week that from the fourth quarter of this year, all hotels regardless of cost or quality rating, will be sent a VND25,000 (US$1.11) bill for each room with a television set. The collected fees will be paid to music authors and songwriters whose artwork is used in TV programs. The VCPMC has consistently stood by its argument that hotels pay licensing fees, despite the Copyright Office of Vietnam confirming that the center must be able to prove hotel guests have watched TV in their rooms. “Guests may not watch TV in their hotel rooms, but televisions capable of airing copyrighted works protected by our center are still installed in the rooms,… Read full this story
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