Sheffield club silenced by lack of licence

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A Sheffield nightclub has been silenced after a judge slapped a ban on music at the venue due to its lack of a licence.

London’s High Court imposed the sounds of silence on club proprietor FWD Forward, after hearing it had been caught playing music at city centre venue Forward without a licence.

Mr Justice Gerald Barling also ordered the firm to pay costs of £1,612 within the next two weeks.

The company faced the legal music for playing recorded copyrighted music at the Charter Square nightclub when it did not have a licence from music royalties collectors Phonographic Performance Limited.

It was banned from playing music at any of its venues until it brings its licence up to date.

Mr Justice Barling heard a PPL inspector visited Forward and heard music being played when no licence was in force.

The inspector heard tracks including It’s A Pity, by Tanya Stephens, and Bed, by J Holiday, on Friday, August 9.

William Duncan, for PPL, told the court solicitors had sent letters to the premises informing it of the nature and extent of PPL’s repertoire and the fact the playing in public of sound recordings without PPL’s licence or permission constitutes infringement of its copyright and inviting it to acquire a licence.

He said the company completed an application for a licence, but PPL received no communication after it sent an invoice.

The judge said: “I grant judgment in default of acknowledgment of service or defence, and I grant the relief sought.”