Common sense just died

by Ritwik on July 13, 2009

Rock band Deep Purple has been fined for playing “unlicensed” music during a performance in Russia.

According to rules, all performers have to obtain a license from Russian Authors Society, an NGO that represents  the rights of foreign performers in Russia.

The problem: Deep Purple has been fined for playing their own songs. According to a local court, the rock band should’ve obtained a license from Russian Authors Society before playing their own music.

It gets better: The offender [Deep Purple] has been asked to pay the fine to the affected party, which is, umm, a band named Deep Purple.

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