June 16th, 2008

Turn up the Radio, Sarge

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I generally like to think of myself as someone with an ethos of placing an importance of ‘doing the right thing’. It’s something I’ve relied on at work as well as at home & something I try to pass on to my children. I think there is a time when the ‘letter of the law’ doesn’t need strict adherence if the ‘spirit of the law’ is followed.

It was with interest then, that I read about the recent case of Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan whose Lancashire Police face High Court action over allegations of copyright infringement.

It seems the Performing Rights Society, in their quest to get companies & organisations to cough up performing rights fees has apparently been fed up with the countries police allowing the workers to listen to music. A licence is required whenever music is played over systems which allow more than one person to listen to it as this constitutes a public performance. The PRS has approached all the land’s police forces asking for them to purchase a licence to enable them to do this so they can play music over the phones when people are waiting to be connected, or in the offices or down the police gym.

Eleven forces have refused to pay up so the PRS is threatening to take them to court. This seems somewhat at odds with the recent arrests of a certain group of hardened criminals who have been sharing music over at torrent-sharing site OiNK.

One rule for us and another for them? Surely not!

Bedfordshire Police Website Update: er, no change (day 6)

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  1. Rick says:

    Methinks they are just chasing an ‘easy’ target, plus they probably will get publicity out of it too. By the way, I read your blog everyday and enjoy it very much. Don’t comment much ‘cos I need to wrestle the laptop from my wife and normally use my phone to read the blogs!!

    June 17th, 2008 at 09:59

  2. Grumpy Old Biker says:

    What a brilliant story… there’s something almost poetic about it.

    Anyway, I’ve done my bit. I’ve informed ‘management’ they must turn off the radios in all 3 of our factory units or they risk prosecution under Copyright laws.

    I couldn’t believe it when they refused. They wouldn’t accept there could be such a stupid law in existence in this country.

    Boy! Where have they been for the last 10 years?

    June 17th, 2008 at 12:25

  3. Civ_In_The_City says:


    You have it spot on with the point about ‘the letter of the law’ vs ‘the spirit of the law’. It`s something I`ve been thinking about recently.

    And it applies to almost anything you can think of these days. Maybe made worse by the fear of prosecution, especially for NOT following a particular course of action. It`s the latter fear that drives the police service to the point where the word ‘evidence’ has become a verb.

    It`s the same fear that made one council rip out a much loved (accident free) 50 year old kids slide when a ‘letter of the law’ busy-body noticed it didn`t meet up to a non-applicable EU regulation. It was duly disposed of. Rules is rules. “What if there WAS an accident after we`d noticed the slide didn`t meet regs, what then?”.

    Yes, what then? I think we make a much more dangerous world for ourselves by allowing those in power try to insulate and protect us from any risk of harm at all, whether we like it or not.

    One last one. NHS. Mustn`t have people waiting in casualty more than three hours. Put curtain down middle of waiting room with a sign on reading: “Consultation Area”. At 2 hours and 59 minutes move injured party to other side of curtain. Restart the clock at 0:00.

    Absolute b*ll*cks but ‘by the letter of the law’ there`s no problem.

    Join the dots and you`ll reach Tony Blair and Gordon Brown (I always do). It`s all going horribly horribly wrong.

    And as for Mucky Arse-slider out on bail!!!

    June 18th, 2008 at 20:14

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