A nightclub owner in Wales has been ordered to pay a fine of £18K for playing music without a license
The High Court judgment was handed to the owner of Fountains Bar and Nightclub in LLandudno as the club was found guilty of playing music without a license. They have been ordered to £10000 to cover legal fees and pay a further £7882 to PPL for outstanding music license 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 license required for playing music in a nightclub.
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 license so be sure to do your research so you don’t end up being fined for playing music without a license.
PPL is an organisation set up to ensure that those who invest their time. As well as talent and money to make recorded music are fairly paid for their work. PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast. It then distributes the license fees to its performer and recording right holder members.