Australian Gyms Forced To Pay 1,500 Percent More For Gym Music

    Australia is currently in the midst of overhauling its royalty payment laws, after multiple suits were filed alleging comically low payouts to copyright holders. The funniest aspect of this story: Australian gyms are looking at royalty rate increases of 1,500 percent, up to $15 from less than $1. Basically, Australian gyms were paying less than a dollar for the right to pay any amount of licensed music (like, say, “Pump Up the Jam”) during a class, but now Australian Copyright Tribunal raised the price to $15 per class. So now gyms are only playing unlicensed music, which I bet is totally just killing the bottom lines of shitty music that is usually played in gyms. [Spinner]