29th October 2009

Small firms can claim refund of "excessive" music fees, tribunal rules

Hospitality businesses are in line to save millions of pounds on licences to play music in public areas and could be entitled to refunds of fees that have already been paid.

The Intellectual Property Office's (IPO) Copyright Tribunal has ruled that licensing organisation Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) has been overcharging businesses for the licence. The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) initially made a complaint that the licence fees were too high when PPL increased the tariff by 403% in 2005/06. Restaurants, pubs, hotels and bars will now be able to claim back overpayments, while the cost of a licence has been reduced.

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