Nightclub owner receives £18k fine for playing music without licence

By Ellie Bothwell

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Wales Fountains Bar nightclub Llandudno high court ruling £18,000

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A nightclub owner in Wales has been ordered to pay almost £18,000 to music licensing organisation PPL, or face a prison sentence, for playing music without a licence.

Fountains Bar & nightclub in Llandudno was ordered by a High Court Judgement to pay £10,000 to cover legal fees alongside £7,882 for outstanding music licence fees.

Mr Justice Peter Smith imposed the order after hearing that the defendant and owner of the bar, Mr Farhook Jhurry, persistently failed to comply with the legal requirement for a PPL music licence after being repeatedly contacted and given ample opportunity to rectify the situation.

The order and warning from Mr Justice Smith follows Mr Jhurry’s breach of an earlier injunction granted to PPL in 2013. That original injunction was granted when it became clear that Fountains was using recorded music as one of the main attractions for its clientele without a PPL licence.

Christine Geissmar, operations director at PPL, said: “There is an intrinsic value that music adds to businesses, particularly in the hospitality and leisure sector, and this judgement acknowledges that the creators of the music should be fairly rewarded for this.

“This landmark ruling demonstrates how seriously the courts treat copyright infringement and reiterates that music can only be played in public if the right licences are obtained. Those businesses that choose to play recorded music without a licence will face legal action and possibly hefty financial and other consequences as a result.”

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Posted by Trojan Horace,

It's great that copyright control is being enforced. The odds that PPL are paying it appropriately to their artists however...

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Appalling collection service

Posted by A publican,

Without going into details my pub has had the same recorded music provision for over ten years.
Last year we got a call from the PPL asking about recored music and we gave them the details. A month or so later we got another call asking for the details again. A few weeks later yet another call. I just told them to listen back to their recorded phone calls and not to bother call us again or we'd report them to the police for harassment.
The PRS are always helpful and polite. It would be easier is the PPL adopted the same 'sales' manners.

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Posted by David Thomson,

Can you ask Phil Dixon to contact me please.I can't find his e-mail address.

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