Hotels rooms are public

A European Court of Justice ruling says that hotel operators who provide televisions or radios in guest rooms are “communicating recordings to the public” under the Rental Directive and are therefore required to pay equitable remuneration to performers and record producers, in addition to the broadcaster’s fees. This applies also to other apparatus and recordings in physical or digital form which can be played or heard. This will be of concern to many industries throughout the EU as they could face claims for compensation from collecting societies for sound-recording producers and performers.

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