PRS win in Copyright Tribunal

Posted: July 7, 2016

PRS for Music has won the Copyright Tribunal reference brought against it by ‎ITV.

The reference was made in July 2014 and a final hearing took place for two weeks in November 2015.

The Decision concerns, amongst other things, the annual sum ITV must pay to PRS for Music to use musical works in its programmes and broadcasts, and can be read in full here.

It is the most significant decision relating to such rights for almost 20 years, since the 1997 BSkyB case.

PRS for Music instructed Paddy Gardiner (Head of Disputes at Simkins), who lead a team including Tom Iverson, Jessica Welch and Kieran Lavery.  Simkins‎ instructed Robert Howe QC and James Segan of Blackstone Chambers.  PRS for Music’s experts were Zoltan Biro of Frontier Economics and Farid El-Husseini of FEH Media Insight.”