Isan folk music performers say they will boycott songs owned by the GMM Grammy for live performances, because they can't afford the high copyright fee. | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

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'Mor Lam' groups boycott Grammy due to high copyright fee

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Mor Lam performers in the Northeast and Central regions say they will boycott songs owned by the GMM Grammy Group for live performances, saying they cannot afford the annual copyright fee of 250,000 baht. 

Groups who perform the highly popular Isan folk music will stop using Grammy songs in their acts from Oct 19 if the company insists on its new policy of charging a 250,000 baht annual fee for a maximum of 20 songs in each performance, introduced on Sept 1 this year. 

Grammy's charges are outside the ability to pay of small and medium sized Mor Lam groups, who generally earn a small income and cannot afford the 250,000 copyright fee, said Pramual Seti, a researcher of Northeast culture at Khon Kaen Technical College. 

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