From the archive, originally posted by: [ mmm ]

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/07/11/are-musicians-owed-r.html
Are musicians owed royalties for performance of their music in torture chambers?

http://excesscopyright.blogspot.com/2008/07/is-torture-by-music-performance-in.html
Is Torture by Music a “Performance in Public”?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7488498.stm
Singer David Gray has warned that US interrogators playing loud music
as a form of torture – including his own song Babylon – is no laughing
matter.

“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.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1996/08/23/MN14140.DTL
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.