A car repair firm has been taken to court accused of infringing musical copyright because its employees listen to radios at work. The action against the Kwik-Fit Group has been brought by the Performing Rights Society which collects royalties for songwriters and performers.
At a procedural hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh a judge refused to dismiss the £200,000 damages claim. click here
Any location or premises, outside of home, where music is played from clubs to concert halls, from discos to dentists’ waiting rooms and from trains to takeaways. The owner/proprietor of the premises is normally responsible for obtaining a PRS Music Licence for the public performance of copyright music. ------
In practice this isn't (or didn't use to be) enforced if the source is a radio or portable audio player and less than 10 work colleagues are in earshot. It's a different matter if the music is played in public, but again, I don't think the PRS will be raiding your local cornershop or chippy because they have the radio on.
This is a guide to the licence prices for offices and factories click here