A nightclub owner in Wales has been ordered to pay a fine of £18K for playing music without a licence
The High Court judgement was handed to the owner of Fountains Bar and Nightclub in LLandudno as the club was found guilty of playing music without a licence. They have been ordered to £10000 to cover legal fees and pay a further £7882 to PPL for outstanding music licence fees.
The order was imposed by Mr Justice Peter Smith after learning that the owner of the bar, Mr Farhook Jhurry, was contacted on numerous occasions and given ample many opportunities to pay the required fees for the licence required for playing music in a night club.
It was also discovered that Mr Jhurry was in breach of an injunction granted to PPL in 2013 when it was apparent then that he was not paying the appropriate fees. When you play recorded music as one of the main attractions for your customers, you will almost definitely need a licence so be sure to do your research so you don’t end up being fined for playing music without a licence.
PPL is an organisation set up to ensure that those who invest their time, talent and money to make recorded music are fairly paid for their work. PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast and then distributes the licence fees to its performer and recording right holder members.