PRS PPL and Music Licences

PRS for Music and PPL both require businesses playing music “in public” to pay licence fees. This requirement may seem at odds with Copyright Law and Public rights to privacy, among others, but no-one has successfully defended a legal action against these bodies.

24Dec 2016

(Members should read this, in detail, and reflect upon the very strong likelihood that, with PRS and PPL now working so closely together, ALL our members will be faced with PRS licence fee demands PLUS TWO demands from PPL for both background and bedroom music – totalling perhaps £200 or so, per year, upwardly scaled […]

14Dec 2016

WHGLA has tried again to get the lunatic misapplication of Copyright Law (CDPA) as it pertains to guesthouses reviewed and to inject a modicum of common sense into the proceedings – again, without success. We wrote to Baroness Neville-Rolfe and she got a minion to write back – We would have preferred Kevin or Bob, […]

18Nov 2016

(Please note: several images were taken from the web, including Shutterstock, jplovercover, Dean Thompson and others) Like a bad smell, PRS are apparently back in the area, a member reports. The current mode of attack on our businesses seems to be via posted invoices, backdated several years and totalling £100’s in some cases.     […]

29Aug 2015

The latest underhand and misleading trick by PRS is to send out “Quotations” for music licence fees, often extending over several years, in the hope you will mistake these “quotations” for bills, invoices or statements of money owed. I would suggest you should not take up their offer of a quotation and ignore them (till […]

11May 2015

Like many small businesses throughout the UK, one of our members has been persecuted by PRS for payment of a music licence fee for several years. In the latest (pest) call from PRS, he mentioned the article in “First Voice” – the magazine of the Federation of Small Businesses (Feb/Mar Issue 2015) which says- ” […]

30Mar 2015

In January, local MP Richard Drax responded that it appeared PRS (and by extension PPL) can exact licence payments from Guest Houses for the “public performance of music” in establishments. A second response from Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Minister for Intellectual Property, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, was received in March and forwarded to your editor.

11Mar 2012

The Performing Rights Society (PRS) has been pursuing several of our members for music license fees and renewal fees lately. These approaches have involved unaccountable discrepancies between charges and respective property circumstances, as well as departures between phone call statements and subsequently posted invoices. PRS is one of a number of UK collecting or licensing […]