...it cannot be disputed that, in a situation such as that in the main proceedings, a dentist who broadcasts phonograms, by way of background music, in the presence of his patients cannot reasonably either expect a rise in the number of patients because of that broadcast alone or increase the price of the treatment he provides. Therefore, such a broadcast is not liable, in itself, to have an impact on the income of that dentist.
Canadian dentists , however, remain subject to routine check ups and possible root canal treatment by SOCAN , the Canadian equivalent of PRS, SACEM, GEMA, ASCAP, BMI and other performing rights societies, if they attempt to soothe the souls of their patients with sounds emanating from pretty much anything other than a radio.
Music at Work
No doubt about it, music is one of the most powerful and valuable resources in any business. Music entertains, it sets the pace, helps to enhance a special moment, it soothes the soul and lifts the spirit of both employees and customers. It even calms people holding on the telephone.
Those who create and publish music do it for a living. They depend on people like you to use their music... and to use it fairly. (emphasis added)