Leeds city centre bar owner in music ban

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A Leeds bar owner has been banned from playing music at his city centre venue.

Andrew Mirsin, owner of Sedgwick Avenue on Merrion Street, was caught playing copyrighted tracks without a valid music licence last year.

The funk and soul bar is now not permitted to play any music until licence payments are brought up to date.

Mirsin was given the ban at London’s High Court on January 20 by Mr Justice Henderson but failed to attend.

The ban applies to records, tapes and CDs in the music royalties collectors Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) repertoire, which covers 97 per cent of all music.

If he disobeys the order, Mirsin could face a large fine or imprisonment.

He was also ordered to pay £1,646 costs.

Sedgwick Avenue, formerly known as Glory Bar, opened its doors last year.

Inspectors visited the bar in September and heard tracks including Get Dis Money, Raise It Up, and All Over Now being played.

Ben Longstaff, for PPL, said solicitors had sent letters to the premises inviting him to acquire a licence.

PPL spokesman Jonathan Morrish said: “PPL takes infringement of its members’ copyright very seriously.

“We will take the necessary action to protect our members’ rights.

“It is a legal requirement in the UK for any business that plays recorded music in public to have a PPL licence.

“Tariffs will vary but a PPL licence, which is issued on an annual basis, can cost as little as 14 pence per day.

“This licence is required to play recorded music in any business context and covers millions of different recordings.”

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