BRITISH restaurateurs and hoteliers could be forced to pay regular fees to record companies for piping music from radio broadcasts into their premises, if the European Commission wins a legal case against the British government.

It has asked the European Court of Justice to order the UK to scrap the existing system, where no royalty fees are paid to record companies when hoteliers and restaurateurs play radio background music, free-of-charge to customers.

At present, they only pay royalties for radio relays to performers and ...

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