BBC News is reporting that most club DJs in the UK are unaware of a licensing restriction that means if they buy a CD or vinyl track, they will have to pay an additional licence fee if they rip it to a hard drive and play it out from there. (Earlier story on The Stage on the same topic: Link )

The Digital DJ licence costs GBP200 VAT per device -- so if they use an iPod or similar, they could well need to pay more than once -- on top of the existing public performance licence that club DJs need. Now, this is just my opinion, but this structure seems more about getting revenue than it does about enforcing copyright/protecting the original artists/whatever excuse is being given this week.

Boing Boing: Digital DJs must pay twice to store tracks on hard drive


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