Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hotels broadcast, dentists don't - official

The European Court of Justice has offered a couple of rulings which helps firm up the rules on what constitutes broadcasting.

An Irish hotel has been told that it does need to pay for a royalties licence, as there are lots of people in its atrium at any one time; Italian dentists, though, no longer need to have a licence if they have music on in the background to drown out the screams of their patients, as the COJ reckons it's not like they're making a profit from the music and it's a private place.

Not clear if this applies to all of Europe; if it does, there might be a number of UK businesses looking to reclaim PRS licences unfairly foisted upon them.