<![CDATA[Busker Central It's the Law Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers en Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:12:45 -0500 <![CDATA[SOCAN wants to charge buskers performance fees]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=64&c=4&sid=39958af6791aa6f21ad8944db980e8a4 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=64&c=4&sid=39958af6791aa6f21ad8944db980e8a4 (from the You've got-to-be-kidding-me Department)
One of the themes of 2009 was that collection societies around the world went nuts trying to charge for anything they possibly could while also trying to increase the rates they could charge. Even banks went wild with their hidden charges.

Remember how one collection society wanted to charge a woman because she put on music in public for her horses? Or how about the woman who worked in a grocery store who was told to stop singing while stocking the shelves or the store would have to pay a performance fee? And, of course, we had ASCAP trying to claim that ringtones were public performances, and mobile operators needed to pay up -- beyond the license fee that was already paid on the recording.

SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, has been no exception pushing for drastically increased rates...

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Tue, 08 Dec 2009 01:31:32 -0500
<![CDATA[Buskers form the Church of the Holy Kazoo]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=152&c=4&sid=39958af6791aa6f21ad8944db980e8a4 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=152&c=4&sid=39958af6791aa6f21ad8944db980e8a4 (CAMDEN TOWN) Holy guacamole! Camden has banned amplified street music and now requires unplugged performers to buy licenses.
With the help of the Great Golden Kazoo in the sky, buskers have formed a church to sidestep the new busking laws. The Church of the Holy Kazoo has just been formed in the nick of time by buskers exercising the human right to "preach" in public.

It all started when Buskers staged a "street jam" in the heart of Camden to protest against the controversial new rules to license busking in the borough. Street performer Jonny Walker came up with the idea after Camden council's new laws required buskers to pay for licenses. He realized that street preaching is protected under freedom of expression laws so he set up the Church of the Holy Kazoo. It means Jonny...

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 01:10:53 -0400
<![CDATA[Buskers organizing to fight city fees]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=90&c=4&sid=39958af6791aa6f21ad8944db980e8a4 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=90&c=4&sid=39958af6791aa6f21ad8944db980e8a4 (OTTAWA) — Buskers in the ByWard Market want the City of Ottawa to see them as performers, not panhandlers, and keep its hands out of their pockets — and their hats and guitar cases.
“I’m going to move if they don’t change,” said Paul Perreault, a Cirque du Soleil-trained acrobat.

Just in time for the municipal election, buskers are getting organized in response to a city bylaw that went into effect last spring. The bylaw requires street performers in the Market to pay up to $200 for licences, rotate positions frequently and make do without voice amplification.

In response, buskers have formed an association, endorsed a candidate in Rideau-Vanier and voted unanimously in favour of a proposal to amend the bylaw.

Perreault said the current rules are so restrictive, they’re making top-notch international...

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Sat, 02 Oct 2010 12:21:09 -0400
<![CDATA[Ocean City's boardwalk to limit pitches]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=44&c=4&sid=39958af6791aa6f21ad8944db980e8a4 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=44&c=4&sid=39958af6791aa6f21ad8944db980e8a4 Ocean City, Maryland city council passed a resolution limiting it's boardwalk buskers and street performers to two pitches "so everybody can co-exist a little bit better", said Mayor Rick Meehan. The performers lobbied against the the ordinance which would keep them away from store-fronts and benches.

In a written statement that was evidently read to the council, "If it is the intention of the council to eliminate street performing, then I urge them to pass this new ordinance", said busker Alexander Osborn whose reverse-psychology probably didn't help.

The law was passed unanimously by council members. The boardwalk is a well-known beach hangout and visited by over 2.4 million tourists a year. The performers were successful in making one change, however. They can...

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Wed, 20 May 2009 23:56:31 -0400
<![CDATA[Man jailed for stealing busker's hat]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=94&c=4&sid=39958af6791aa6f21ad8944db980e8a4 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=94&c=4&sid=39958af6791aa6f21ad8944db980e8a4 (ENGLAND) Busker and supply teacher Phil Gray was happily busking away when a passerby casually took the hat off Gray's head and disappeared.
It all seemed to be a joke until the grim reality set in. The hat was gone - never to be returned.

Fortunately, an audience member was shooting a video with his cell phone of Gray performing when the incident occurred.

Gray claims the creep who stole his hat had talked with him several times earlier in the day.

In the video, you actually see the crime committed. The thief was later picked up but no hat was to be found.

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Mon, 27 Dec 2010 21:51:38 -0500