ManFromGlass wrote:I don’t know if a labour club would fall under this same scenario, but if you were having the event at a pub wouldn’t the pub be paying a fee to the local performing rights society to play music? So would YouTube’s fall under the same license? Sounds like it could be another gray (grey? I never know) area.
Alas, it's not grey at all. The business need to acquire mechanical licenses (and in there's "flat" agreements so it doesn't need to do it on a per-song basis) and often must also issue a monthly reporting.
This is a different fee than, for example, the one paid for having a band play live music (which is not mechanical).
The system seems byzantine at first (and there's surely ways to makes it simpler) but once you get into the ways that music is played and how the various actors make a living, it's actually reasonably rational.
What is really broken is how all the money so collected then becomes compensation for the artists - meaning how the calculations are done. But that's a different thread...