Groups representing the interests of Swedenâ€™s music publishers are demanding that nearly 3,000 companies and organizations pay up to 40,000 kronor ($5,000) per year for allowing employees to listen to music during the work day.
â€œPerhaps someone has the radio on or is listening to a CD and if so, you need to have a permit that allows for music to be played the workplace,â€ said Susanne Bodin, a spokesperson for the Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM) to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.
Sweden is really getting into a downward spiral, if you ask me. This is just plain stupid. Radio stations already play royalties, as do pubs/clubs and coffee houses etc. Now, they ask for money if you listen to the radio in your office!