From the archive, originally posted by: [ mmm ]
Are musicians owed royalties for performance of their music in torture chambers?
Is Torture by Music a “Performance in Public”?
Singer David Gray has warned that US interrogators playing loud music
as a form of torture – including his own song Babylon – is no laughing
“Only the novelty aspect of this story gets it noticed… Guantanamo
greatest hits,” he said.
“What we’re talking about here is people in a darkened room,
physically inhibited by handcuffs, bags over their heads and music
blaring at them.
Girl Scouts were sad, callers were mad, and even one of Woody
Guthrie’s old singing pals was incredulous yesterday at a national
songwriting group’s order apparently blocking scouts from singing
campfire songs without paying copyright fees.