Loner worker says collection society is taking the PRS

November 2008

Music publishing

A garage owner who works on his own is furious after the PRS informed him that he has to pay for a music licence if he wants to listen to the radio at work. Paul Wilson, whose garage is on an industrial estate near Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, received a call from the Performing Rights Society (PRS) in May. The PRS said he needed a £150 licence if he wanted to listen to the radio at work as it was a public performance although a PRS spokesman has now said he would review Mr Wilson’s “lone worker” situation. The garage owner was initially asked in a phone call from the PRS whether he had a licence and then received a follow-up letter and then Mr Wilson said “they told me if I did listen to a radio, I would be committing an offence and they were likely to send officers round to check so since then I’ve not put on the radio”. Adrian Crooks from the PRS said: “PRS exists to look after songwriters and composers. In UK law if you’ve written a song, it’s your property and you decide who can use it in business environments” adding “but if you’ve not got customers coming in and out, there is no public performance of the music and under our Lone Worker Policy, we would choose not to charge for a licence in that situation.

“We always want to be fair. If Mr Wilson gives us a call, we can advise him on the situation.”


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