High Court bans Market Deeping pub from playing music

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A pub has been forced into silence after being caught illegally playing music.

The Old Coach House in Market Deeping was caught playing copyrighted music without a licence in January.

Mr Justice Mann, sitting at the High Court in London this week, banned the pub from playing any recorded music covered by a Phonographic Performance licence, known as PPL, including music on records, tapes and CDs and downloads.

The judge was told that a PPL inspector visited the premises in Bridge Foot, Market Deeping and heard music being played in the pub when no licence was in force.

The inspector heard tracks including Stay Awake by Example, Pass Out by Tinie Tempah, Good Feeling by Flo Rida and Playing With Fire by N-Dubz on January 21.

Ashton Chantrielle, representing PPL, said solicitors had sent letters to the premises informing the company that the playing in public of sound recordings without PPL’s licence or permission constitutes an infringement of its copyright.

However, the pub still refused to get a licence.

In addition to the ban the judge also hit the pub, which was not represented in court, with £1,800 costs bill which must be paid within 14 days.

The ban means the company must stop playing recorded music there, or at any other premises it runs, until it has a valid licence.

Failure to obey the order would be regarded as contempt of court, the penalties for which can be fines of up to £10,000 and up to six months in prison for anyone responsible.

PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use.

After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all revenue collected is distributed to members.

No-one from the Coach House in Market Deeping was available to comment.