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Pandemic blues: Music royalty provisions strike deaf tone among retailers

Gisela Swaragita
Gisela Swaragita

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, April 23, 2021  /  02:45 pm
Pandemic blues: Music royalty provisions strike deaf tone among retailers

The total royalties shared in 2019 by the Indonesian Singer, Songwriter and Music Artist Collective Management (LMK PAPPRI) organization amounted to Rp 1.69 billion, generated from the use of musical works on television and at karaoke parlors, restaurants, malls, hotels and other entertainment centers. (Shutterstock/Brian Goodman)

Do you enjoy being serenaded by a slow saxophone riff as you browse through your favorite bookshop? Have you felt the adrenaline rush of the fast-paced koplo medley during a sale at your choice of retail store? Do you find yourself humming along to top-40 hits while shopping for groceries?   Everywhere we go, in-store music is used to add nuance and complete the retail experience. Many times, we don’t even realize it’s there. But what if these small pleasures that we take for granted suddenly disappeared?   A new government regulation seems to have the unmitigated effect of reminding retail operators of their responsibility to pay for licensed music, at a time when brick-and-mortar establishments are struggling to draw traffic due to the pandemic. Issued on March 30, Government Regulation No. 56/2021 completes a set of provisions required for operator...

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