I'm pretty sure I'm right....
From this document (U.S. based)..... http://www.restaurant.org/pdfs/legal...ing.pdfSimilar
From this document(Canadian based)... http://www.restaurantregulations.ca/...the-restaurantRestaurants under 3,750 gross square feet (not counting the parking lot) will be exempt
from paying royalties on radio and television music only.
Restaurants over 3,750 gross square feet (not counting the parking lot) may also be
exempt: 1. if they play no more than four televisions, each measuring up to 55” diagonally (no
more than one per room), with no more than six speakers total, and with no more than four
speakers per room, or 2. if they play radios that have no more than six speakers total, with no
more than four speakers per room.
For restaurants to be eligible for the exemption, they must not charge a cover fee to see the
television or listen to the radio.
Retailers also receive an exemption under the new law. Retailers under 2,000 gross square
feet (not counting the parking lot) are exempt; retailers over 2,000 gross square feet (not count-
ing the parking lot) will receive the same equipment exemption as restaurant owners (see above).
Another Canadian source... http://restaurantcentral.ca/Musicroy...tbusiness.aspxWhen do I not have to pay for a music licence?
- If you only have an un amplified (i.e. no additional speakers attached) radio playing, the radio station has already received the licence.
ETAThe cost of music
There are various tariffs payable, depending on how music is used in your establishment. The table below shows how these tariffs apply to foodservice operations. Neither Re:Sound nor Socan collect music royalties from restaurants if you play broadcast radio such as AM or FM radio stations in your restaurant. If you subscribe to a background music service or to satellite radio for your restaurant, check with your provider to see if music royalties are already covered by the provider.
I agree that images used to promote a business are going to get you into trouble if they have copyrights but you have to look at scale. Joe Schmoe knifemaker who has a picture of a guy at a steel mill on page 8 of his site titled "Where steel comes from" is not going to get the same treatment as Joe Schmidt knifemaker who is selling Rambo Knife clones with imbedded movie clips and pictures of Sylvester Stallone direct from the Time Warner site.... not naming names.