Back in September, we told you how the use of cover versions in gyms was on the rise in response to a proposed increase in fees charged for music. That change has been rejected by the Federal Court, but the battle isn't over yet.
As Smart Company reports it, the Federal Court has ruled that the decision to raise the typical per-class fee from $1 to around $15 should be sent back to the Copyright Tribunal for review. However, since the tribunal was the body which originally approved the change, the final outcome is unclear. And gyms which have switched to using cheaper, unlicensed recordings might decide to stick with that fee-free approach even the rules shift back.
Have you seen a change in music at your gym? Would you prefer original recordings, or does the quality of the class matter more to you? Tell us in the comments.