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Belgian Royalties-Collection Society to Charge Volunteers Who Read to Kids

I can’t say it any better than they did on thenextweb.com, so I’ll just link to the original blog post.

But in short, SABAM, a Belgian organization responsible for collecting royalties owed to music composers, authors and publishers has begun contacting libraries in Belgium, demanding they be paid royalty fees every time a volunteer reads books to children.

No, seriously. Read the whole article and be stunned.

What blows my mind is not only the colossal, almost cartoonish greed, eclipsing Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch (both fictional bogeymen, at that) put together, but also the astounding short-sightednesses of it all. When we read books to kids, we help instil a love of books in them, and thereby create a booklover. A booklover who will one day have money of their own, and buy books.

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