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Colne landlord fined for playing copyrighted music without licence
A LANDLORD who was caught playing copyrighted recorded music, including tracks by Simple Minds and Level 42, without a licence could face jail if he doesn't pay legal costs or flouts a ban.
Peter Joyce, the proprietor of the Golden Ball, in Burnley Road, was also banned from playing tracks at his premises by a high court judge.
London’s High Court heard he had been caught playing recorded copyrighted music when he didn’t have a Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) licence.
In addition to the ban Mrs Justice Asplin has also ordered Joyce, who was not in court and not represented, to pay £1,789 in legal costs in the next 14 days.
Failure to obey the order and turn any premises he runs into a music-free zone until all licence fees are brought up to date would be regarded as contempt of court, the penalties for which can be fines of up to £10,000 and up to six months prison.
The judge was told that he was caught after a PPL inspector visited the premises and heard music being played when no licence was in force.
The inspector heard tracks including ‘Speed Your Love To Me', 'Something About You' and 'Hymn' on April 20.
PPL’s counsel Ben Longstaff said that solicitors had sent letters to the premises informing Joyce of the nature and extent of PPL's repertoire and the fact that the playing in public of sound recordings without PPL's licence or permission constitutes infringement of its copyright, and inviting him to acquire a licence. However, he failed to do so.
PPL spokesperson Nazneen Nawaz said: "PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use.
“Established in 1934, PPL carries out this role on behalf of thousands of record company and performer members.”
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