Pub silenced by lack of licence

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A Sheffield city centre pub has been ordered to pay up or shut up after failing to obtain a performance licence.

Owners of the Lion’s Lair, on Burgess Street, have been slapped with a fine of £2,243 for playing copyrighted songs without a licence from royalties collector Phonographic Performance .

Bosses Charles Hall and Kevan Johnson were brought before London’s High Court after watchdogs from the organisation caught them in the act during an inspection earlier this year.

Judge Mr Justice Rose said the pub will be subject to a music ban until legal costs are paid and the proper paperwork is obtained.

Nazneen Nawaz, of Phonographic Performance, said: “We are the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use on behalf of thousands of record company and performer members.

“We issue public performance licences 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.

“Music licences can cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds, depending on the size of the venue and the audiences involved.

“Members include major record labels and globally successful performers, as well as many independent labels, sole traders and session musicians ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers – all of whom are entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances.”