Welsh Shop Owner Finally Pays for PPL Licence

March 2004

Record Labels

A music store owner in Wales was issued with legal proceedings by Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) who threatened to close down his shop unless he paid for music he had played to customers. Andrew Davies claimed the tunes were in fact a free advert, encouraging people to buy records they heard in his store. PPL said he was playing records by rockers Aerosmith when its undercover team swooped on the shop. But Mr Davies denied his shop, Andy’s Records in Aberystwyth, even stocked records by the American band. However, rather than be shut down and face hefty legal bills, Mr Davies paid to PPL, which allows him to continue to play music by all sorts of rock and pop stars to customers. He said: “Music is played in the shop to sell records and create an atmosphere. It is not fair to give money if the record is not sold”. PPL is a collective administration society with over 3,000 members who are record companies. PPL licences the public performance of recorded music throughout the United Kingdom from clubs, bars and hotels through to dance teachers. PRS licences the public performance of music compositions.
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