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Public transport drivers to pay for listening to radio

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Performers’ and producers’ copyright protectors will begin informing public transport companies next week about the necessity to purchase public performance licenses for transports in which music can be heard. With that, this week could be the last for many bus drivers to be able to listen to music while steering buses along roads.

Most likely no company will think of devoting money for licenses. This means that drivers will have to work in silence, because license distributors will not give Rigas satiksme (RS) any discounts, RS representative Viktors Zakis told Diena.

«So far we are focusing on taxi companies, we plan to start informing other transport companies next week. Speaking of taxis, we have currently issued licenses to 129 taxis, 90 more licenses are being processed», – Latvian Performers and Producers Association (LPPA) representative Natalija Angelovska says.

Public music performance without a relevant license can be fined for LVL 500-5000. 159 protocols were compiled last year, in 80 cases the decision to impose penalties was made, state police representative Lita Juberte says.

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  1. Nikolas says:

    Paying a fine because taxi drivers listen to music .Next stage is fining drivers who listen to the radio in thier car. Of course it will be more profitable for corrupt politicians than the useless speed cameras that tax payers paid a fortune for it .Latvia is definitively a third world country like Somalia.

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  2. Maedhros says:

    It’s hard to imagine some more idiotic than these ridiculous claims!

    Drivers are just listening to radio, and radio stations already pay for all the relevant fees. Besides, radios do not air just music, maybe they are listening to be informed on traffic or weather. In any case, they listen to radio to relax or to be informed, not to entertain people, and for sure they do not earn any profit from the performances.

    Every honest and competent judge would dismiss LPPA delirious with a laughter!
    It astonished me that Rigas Satiksme even listen to them.

    Please, if you find yourself in such a situation, denounce them for attempted extortion!

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  3. Jonna says:

    Yeah totally agree with you, mind you in the UK this has been in operation for years. RED TAPE on every corner!

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