Someone called the office today. Asked if we had a TV license. Answer yes we do. Asked if we watched the World Cup last year in the office. Answer yes, a few staff members did.
It turns out you need a music license from the PRS/PPL because the broadcasters would have used some theme music or on an advert. They have the full weight of the law on their side and they have recorded the conversation saying the World Cup was watched. Now the best bit as we have over 5 members of staff they want £1,000 for last year and £1,000 for this year.
(Probably watching the budget live on BBC iplayer on your laptop in the office would fall foul of this).
The con is even better as the TV companies would have already paid for broadcasting it.
I think the problem is that most people know you have to pay for hold music. But these days the telehone system companies are supplying unlicensed music so the PRS/PPL are trying to generate some more income elsewhere.
Has anybody else come across this? I know ignorance of the law is no excuse but self-incriminating yourself without warning is just unfair.