PPL victory over unlicensed pub

January 2007

Live event industry

A Burnley publican has been banned from playing music and ordered to pay costs of £1,500 after failing to take out a licence with Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) to play recorded music. Pub clubs and venues which pay recorded music need both the usual PRS licence (for playing ‘songs’) and the PPL licence for the sound recordings they use. Plane Treet Hotel Proprietor Neil Cook, who was not present or represented in court, was warned by Mr Justice Briggs that he faced a fined of up to £10,000 if he played any music before bringing his licence up to date


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