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Last Updated: Friday, 3 December, 2004, 15:51 GMT
Salon pays price for playing tune
A Kent hair salon has been ordered to pay more than 1,000 in costs for playing music without a licence.

The High Court was told that Futures Hair Design in Rochester High Street was playing an R Kelly album when it was visited by an inspector in July.

Judge Mr Justice Mann heard that the salon's manager, Steve Gardner, paid for a licence in September, shortly after legal proceedings were started.

But the judge ordered he should pay the costs of bringing the case.

Chocolate Factory

The court was told the inspector heard tracks from R Kelly's 'Chocolate Factory' album even though Mr Gardner did not hold a phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) Licence.

PPL's counsel , Jonathan Hill, told the court that if licence fees went unpaid, shop owners would be banned from playing music at their premises until they paid up.

He said: "Failing to do so can lead to fines of up to 10,000 or even prison."

Mr Gardner will have to pay costs totalling 1,150.

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