PRS licence warning after Plymouth pub faces music ban

Posted in Licensing | June 27, 2017 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors

The licensee of a Plymouth pub has been left with a £3,200 bill and a ban on playing music after being caught playing recorded copyrighted music in the pub without a Performing Rights Society (PRS) licence.

At the hearing over the case, the Chancellor of the High Court ordered Mark David Newton, proprietor of the Weston Mill Hotel at St Budeaux, not to play any copyrighted music at the Weston Mill Hotel or at any other premises he runs until he brings his music licence up to date.

Failure to obey the order would be regarded as contempt of court, the penalties for which can be fines of up to £10,000 and up to six months in prison.

A spokesperson for PRS said: "Whenever you play a sound recording in public, there are two separate licence fees to be paid. PRS distributes its licence fees to composers and music publishers and Phonographic Performance Ltd collects a separate licence fee, which they distribute to record companies, recording artists and musicians.

"A licence is required for any event except a family or domestic gathering, such as a wedding reception or birthday party. PRS sometimes waives fees for charity events."

Operators are now being warned to ensure they are operating with the correct licences.

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