Cypriot event organisers pay up for music use

April 2005

Live Event Industry, Music Publishing

The Nicosia District Court has awarded the Performing Right Society (PRS) 40 in compensation after event organisers arranged four dinner balls with live music without acquiring the requisite licence for publicly performing copyrighted music either mechanically or live. Judge Alecos Panayiotou found in favour of the applicants, awarding them 12 per cent of the revenue raised from ticket sales for the dinner balls. The PRS noted that the organisers could have got away with paying half that amount using a special discount price if they had acquired the licence from PRS before the public performances. The judge noted in his conclusions that the plaintiffs could have sued for more since the defendants had been warned early on about the need to acquire a licence.
Source: Cyprus Mail –

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