Deep Purple Ordered To Pay Royalty To Themselves

A Russian court has fined Deep Purple for "illegally" performing their own songs.

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A Russian court has fined Deep Purple for "illegally" performing their own songs. Bloggers have already called the decision "fantastic in its idiocy". The concert in question took place on October 19, 2008 in Russia's southern city of Rostov-on-Don. According to the court's ruling, the musicians Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover should have obtained a license from the all-Russian NGO, "Russian Authors' Society" for the public performance of any of their songs. The organization represents the rights of foreign performers in Russia even without these performers giving the NGO permission to represent them. For every "unlicensed" song, the court imposed a penalty of 30,000 roubles (about 1,000 dollars) on the organizers of the concert for payment to the "Russian Authors' Society" which, in its turn, is supposed to make payments to the authors Gillan, Paice and Glover. Lawyers say the real reason for the suit might be that the "Russian Authors' Society" receives revenues from those royalties received. The blogospere has been quick to react to the ruling, and is mostly critical of it. Read more at Russia Today.com.

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    Bassist #5
    Kotie wrote: What a world.
    oh no not a world. apparently its "their world" so they do their own thing. which usually involves them looking stupid as usual. ya. go america
    jess2112
    I've heard of something along the lines of this happening before - I'm pretty sure that I read once that Cheap Trick had to have their setlist approved by Japan before they performed there. Some countries, obviously, have different types of governments, thus the speech freedom level will differ. So they probably just needed their setlist approved by the Russian government and the article writer just worded it wrong. Or it's just an act of idiocy. Either way. =P
    kalamari
    For every "unlicensed" song, the court imposed a penalty of 30,000 roubles (about 1,000 dollars) on the organizers of the concert
    So is it not the 'organizers of the concert' (ie their tour company or perhaps the owners of the venue?) that have to pay Deep Purple, not Purple paying themselves?
    Whip It
    Bands should get together and boycott playing in Russia until they give in, eventually the people will get their way.
    Santeria420
    southern_stylin wrote: Higgzy : Lol at the fail... Dude... everyone here else is speaking English, please follow suit, you're just being rude.
    everyone here else? the russians just want to control what music is played in their country and skim a little profit off the top. not unusual, methinks.
    southern_stylin
    Higgzy : Lol at the fail...
    Dude... everyone here else is speaking English, please follow suit, you're just being rude.
    Axl_Explosion
    I'm not sure if I exactly understand what the hell is going on here, lol. The NGO is accusing Deep Purple of illegally playing their own songs, and are responsible for collecting royalites to artists that have that happen, when their songs are played illegally. So since Deep Purple technically performed their own songs illegally, this company is essentially suing Deep Purple, and then paying royalties to... Deep Purple? -eyes cross, collapses into a heap on the floor-
    Colohue
    Actually, I believe that the NGO is the primary reason that Ultimate-Guitar stayed in business when many other tab sites were shut down. Also, since when did Blackmore and Lord relinquish their rights to the song writing royalties?
    pawnshopguitars
    In Soviet Russia, you pay royalties to yourself! I know what you're thinking. How did I come up with something so original? This is brilliant, though xD
    palace
    It's a common practise on Latvian Author Society called Akka/Laa, they make us pay for songs we have performed in concert so they can pay us ''royalties'' afterward. But the truth is we have never recieved the money we paid them in royalties
    Mootallica
    Baby Joel wrote: What Russia is doing makes sense. It's just useless, in my eyes. What's happening (This is what it looks like to me, please correct me if I'm wrong), is that Russia wants foreign performers to get a ' license', per se, which will give them the legal right to perform their songs. It's basically a complicated way for Russia to allow, or to say they approve of, performers to perform.
    In doing so, they take a percentage of the commission from the license (The Russian Authority), as was stated in the article, that they could be doing it for some of the royalties. Either way, it's pretty screwed up, but I still did get a bit of a chuckle out of it.
    Baby Joel
    What Russia is doing makes sense. It's just useless, in my eyes. What's happening (This is what it looks like to me, please correct me if I'm wrong), is that Russia wants foreign performers to get a ' license', per se, which will give them the legal right to perform their songs. It's basically a complicated way for Russia to allow, or to say they approve of, performers to perform.