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Thread #91503   Message #1741746
Posted By: Folkiedave
16-May-06 - 08:53 AM
Thread Name: BBC - No Music License - UK
Subject: RE: BBC - No Music License - UK
Rather than argue about it - here it is in full............

The "Morris dancing exemption" is Schedule 1 Part 2 para 11:
        
The provision of any entertainment or entertainment facilities is not to be regarded as the provision of regulated entertainment for the purposes of this Act to the extent that it consists of the provision of-
(a) a performance of morris dancing or any dancing of a similar nature or a performance of unamplified, live music as an integral part of such a performance, or
(b) facilities for enabling persons to take part in entertainment of a description falling within paragraph (a).

It could be argued that the session in the (unlicensed) pub is an integral part of the performance too, I suppose. I'd ertainly argue that.

But as this thread points out - here
Sheffield City Council have clearly declared ceroc, sequence-dancing, street dance, breakdancing, belly dancing, salsa and tango, arabic dance, line dancing, hop hop, etc "dancing of a similar nature". They also refused to prosecute themselves (surprise, surprise!!) for holding an illegal event - for most of the music was amplified and that is clearly excluded. (They refused to declare the traditional Lion Dance "of a similar nature" and instead suggested to local stadium owners that they applied for a variation on their licence. That of course would bring mega-bucks to the council.

Whilst this is clearly not a legal precedent it puts people in Sheffield in a strong position should the council wish to enforce this part of the act again in a less liberal way. And dancers from other towns may wish to point to this too.