music licence fee refunds

£40m in Music Licence Fee Refunds

Businesses that play recorded music to an audience on their premises are set to receive more than £40 million in refunds after winning a court battle over excessive licence fees. Firms are due to receive the refunds following the High Court’s decision to reject an appeal by Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), which represents record companies, to maintain the high licence fees that it imposed in 2005. Many businesses had to pay four times as much for their licence following the increase. Businesses in the retail, hospitality, office and manufacturing sectors will all be eligible for a refund. The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and British Hospitality Association (BHA) have predicted that pubs, hotels and restaurants will receive £20 million in refunds, while the ... »