PPL issues notices to hotels, pubs and lounges

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Bangalore, Dec 24 (UNI) Many cities in the country may fall short of venues to celebrate and welcome 2008 as the Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL) has served legal notices to well known hotels and pubs against playing music without paying valid licence fees.

These legal notices have been issued to all venues that have not paid the requisite music license fee to play music at their year-end do's and bashes and action would be taken against them if in case they fail to pay up, PPL said in a release here.

In Bangalore notices have been served to Taika Lounge bar, The Club, Olive Beach, Ezone club, Manipal County, Club Aura Lounge Bar, Capitol Hotel, Stix Pub, The Park Hotels, Royal Orchid Hotel, California club resort, The Basil and Ramana street. PPL has issued notices to all the key cities across the country the release added.

According to Mr Sowmya Chowdhury, National Sales Manager-Events, PPL said that "Musical nights and customized New year packages are some of the most prolific means of revenue for pubs and hotels. A New Year's bash cannot be imagined without music! Yet when it comes to paying for the commercial use of music, the profit makers choose to evade the license fee.

The Music industry loses several crores of Rupees annually due to the non-payment of license fee by hotels, pubs in the country.

Defaulter hotels, pubs across the key cities have been issued legal notices to pay up the license fee by PPL, the releae said adding that non payment of fee could lead to up to three years imprisonment and a fine of Rs Two lakhs.

Playing copyrighted music without permission from PPL is liable to contempt of court under Section 35 in the Copyright Act the release said.

"The pity is that end consumers, the party goers do not realize the repercussions of the choices their favorite party place makes, that results in losses for artists and music companies. Playing commercial music without paying a copyright license fee is liable to contempt of court under Section 35 in the Copyright Act. To control the situation, this year we have expanded our operations to a National Campaign in all major cities'' it added.

Each year pubs,hotels rake in revenues with customized New Year packages ranging from Rs 1500 - Rs 20,000 but refuse to pay the nominal tariff of Rs 40,000 onwards (which varies depending on the number of hours for which the music is played) to PPL. Thus, flouting the norms and eating into the royalties of the performers, artists. The DJ's too will not be spared if they continue to play music without paying the license fees the release added.

UNI

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