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Old 10 April 2009, 17:04   #11
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Originally Posted by Polwart View Post
Not far off! And the "otherside" of the argument is similar too - don't park there and you don't get fined, and don't use music in your business and you won't have a problem - and so there is a body of people who "support the cause". Its more the way they do business that upsets people.

There is some case law I believe they built their argument on ,which dates back to days when nobody had personal radios etc, and whole factories were getting music "piped" in - so its still not clear what the courts would consider public performance. I think there is a case involving Kwik Fit going on at the moment.
Definitely dubious and even more like wheelclampers or private parking contractors.
I believe it's still illegal to to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour. Perhaps I should send a letter to everyone whom I suspect of this offence suggesting they pay me a fixed fee per year to keep quiet...
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Old 11 April 2009, 18:15   #12
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I cancelled my licence for the passenger boat with them, and had a long argument with them threatening me with legal action and demanding I signed a very restrictive letter, told them to go forth and multiply which they did.
Under there rules you do NOT need a licence for family events (birthdays, weddings, aniversaries, family get togethers,etc) but for non family events you do, so I just added a clause in my booking conditions that for non family events it is a condition of hire that if music is required then it is the hirers responcibility to obtain a licence, the hirer signs to accept the conditions.

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