Music Licenser Shakes Down Web
by Polly Sprenger
3:00 a.m. 1.Jul.99.PDT
When The Kinks sang "You Can't Stop the Music" in 1975, they clearly
weren't talking about the American Society of Composers, Artists, and
ASCAP, an organization that collects licensing fees for musical
performances, is asking webmasters to pay for the right to link to online
music, even if it is stored on another site.
Rather than pay up and deal with the hassle, the webmasters are booting
the tunes, or links, off their own sites.
"They are like the mafia when it comes to music," Julian Cook, CEO of
TravelFinder.com, said Tuesday. ASCAP asked him to pay a fee simply for
linking to other musical sites when "all we had here was a page that had
links to radio stations."
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