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Thread #91503   Message #1742071
Posted By: Folkiedave
16-May-06 - 04:49 PM
Thread Name: BBC - No Music License - UK
Subject: RE: BBC - No Music License - UK
I think they were originally concerned with stopping llegal raves. This is why the penalties for a breach of the law are so harsh.

Licensing Act 2003 Part 7 s.136(4)
A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding £20,000, or to both.

I can remember some of the objections as they came up - when the original bill was published for example churches as venues were included. The Three Choirs Festival went barmy of course.

Why an exemption for things on moving vehicles? Well, had they not had that clause in then Notting Hill Carnival would have been banned! (This had the incidental effect of allowing the Sultan's Elephant Procession to go ahead in London recently).

I feel - and I know I am not alone in this - that the World Cup with throw up a lot of contradictions. We have seen a lot of these already wtih Belper Carnival being cancelled.

Keep an eye out locally and once an event is over contact the local council and ask why an event went ahead in clear breach of the Act. Sheffield City Council are already saying the Act is confusing and there are chunks of it that are open to interpretation. In fact there are some but not what Sheffield City Council means!!

The problem is they are very reluctant to prosecute and I suspect this is why Councils are looking for excuses not to. They are not obliged to prosecute anyway of course.