In EU Music Royalty Wars, Hotels Lose, Dentists Win

Law360, New York (March 15, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT) -- The European Union's high court said Thursday that hotels providing music and television in their rooms must pay royalties to music licensing companies, but dentists who play background music in their offices are off the hook.

The EU Court of Justice found in favor of an Irish music licensing company, Phonographic Performance Ltd., that had sued the country of Ireland over a law that gave hotels a break on royalties for recordings provided in individual rooms.

PPL argued that the law passed by Ireland, which exempted...
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