THE High Court has imposed the sounds of silence on a Wigan club.
Until the owners bring their music licences up to date one major ingredient is set to be missing from Studio 46 – music.
In a case which serves as a warning to all pubs, bars and other venues in Wigan where music is played London’s High Court one of the country’s top judges in London today imposed a music ban on Acorn Leisure Limited, Paul Chase and Terrance Devine, proprietors of the club which is based on Rodney Street.
Under the ban they must not play any more copyrighted recorded music until the licences are up to date.
The ban was imposed by Mr Justice Peter Smith after he was told that the owners were caught playing recorded copyrighted music there when they didn’t have a licence from music royalties collectors Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL). They were also ordered not to play any more music at any other premises they run until they bring their music licence up to date.
Failure to obey the order and turn any premises it runs into a music-free zone until all licence fees are brought up to date would be regarded as contempt of court, the penalties for which can be fines of up to £10,000 and up to six months prison.
Ben Longstaff, counsel for PPL, said that a PPL inspector had attended the premises on 16 March, and heard recorded tracks being played including Like Home by Nicky Romero and Nervo, Drinking From The Bottle by Calvin Harris and Tinie Tempah and Thinking About You by Calvin Harris and Ayah Marar.
The ban applies to all forms of mechanically-recorded music such as records, tapes and CDs in PPL’s repertoire. Music licences can cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds, depending on the size of the venue and the audiences involved.
PPL spokesman Nazneen Nawaz said: “PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use. Established in 1934, PPL carries out this role on behalf of thousands of record company and performer members. Public Performance licences are issued by PPL to hundreds of thousands of businesses and organisations from all sectors across the UK who play recorded music to their staff or customers and who therefore require a licence by law. These can range from bars, nightclubs, shops and hotels to offices, factories, gyms, schools, universities and local authorities. After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all revenue collected is distributed to members. PPL does not retain a profit for its services.