"The group, which offers licenses to show movies outside the home, has been trying to squeeze a few euros out of preschool students on grounds that the kiddies sometimes watch a few minutes of SpongeBob."
"The MLPC is a collecting society for the movie business. It offers licenses around the world so that businesses and charities and government agencies around the world can legally show films in the presence of customers and employees. Without such a license, non-home use is generally illegal and anyone who wanted to show a film in a public setting would have to secure individual permission from the copyright owner."
"The MLPC is a collecting society for the movie business."
"MPLC offers an "umbrella license" that allows any number of showings of any number of films to any number of attendees (well, unless admission is charged, in which case you're basically running a theater). The license covers "tens of thousands of titles from over 60 major Hollywood studios and independent film producers."
Irish playschool operators are upset about the MPLC proposal to have every child pay €3 a year in order to cover movie use at the schools, though the group defends its proposal as a great deal for everyone involved.
Ирония еще и в том, что MPLC не имеют право собирать деньги в Ирландии:
"But MPLC didn't get the necessary Irish license to collect such fees"
"Europe (and especially the UK) have a long history of aggressive license enforcement of a kind not seen in the US. Agents from collecting societies go to some truly astonishing lengths to get their money, notably going after even the Kwik-Fit car repair chain because some mechanics played their radios too loud. Not even local police are immune..."