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Hotel Entertainment

December 5th, 2011

The Irish High Court is asking the Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling on whether Hotel operators have to pay a fee for playing copyright music in guest bedrooms. The Irish music collection society is asking the Irish State to amend a law which exempts hotels from having to pay copyright licence fees for this purpose. The interim ruling did not go in favour of continuing the exemption and said that the hotel operator is also a “user” of the copyright music and must, in addition to the radio station operator pay the requisite charge. The question must now go to the ECJ to answer and confirm whether the playing of Radio to hotel guests is “private use” and exempt or not.

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