Prosecution reinforces importance of music licences
A Plymouth salon owner faces a fine of almost £2,000 after she was caught playing copyrighted music without a licence. Creations Nails and Beauty Salon was also banned from playing music until an up-to-date music licence was in place. The owner was summoned to the High Court where it was heard she had been caught playing copyrighted music on the premises without a music licence, according to reports. She now faces a legal costs bill of £1,768. The salon was visited by Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), whose representatives heard recorded tracks being played in public. Solicitors then sent letters to the premises advising the owner that playing recordings in public without PPL's licence or permission is an infringement of copyright, and instructing her to get a licence, which she did not do. The case reinforces the importance of having the correct licence in place. Any salon or spa that plays recorded music in its treatment rooms, reception or any other public area, is required by law to obtain a licence. PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music on behalf of record companies. It is different from PRS, which licences the use of musical compositions and lyrics on behalf of composers and publishers. In most instances of recorded music being played in public, a music licence is required from both organisations. PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use.