A vital ingredient looks set to be missing from a Sheffield club – music.
The proprietors of Steelhouse on West Street have been banned by London’s High Court from playing any more recorded copyrighted music until they bring their music licences up to date.
Mr Justice Norris imposed the ban on Movingarea Ltd, after hearing it had been caught playing recorded copyrighted music there when it didn’t have a licence from music royalties collectors Phonographic Performance Ltd.
In addition to the ban, he ordered the company to pay £1,609 in legal costs in the next 14 days.
The ban means the company must stop playing recorded music there, or at any other premises it runs, until it brings its 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’ imprisonment for individuals responsible.
Phonographic Performance Ltd spokeswoman Nazneen Nawaz said: “PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use. It 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.”