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Statement 

31 October 2014

PRS and B4U agree licensing terms

PRS and B4U today announce that they have agreed an amicable resolution of the English High Court litigation issued by PRS against B4U in July 2011. 

Pursuant to the terms of the settlement, B4U has agreed to enter into licences for its future broadcasting within Europe of its B4U Movies and B4U Music channels and has agreed to pay PRS a sum in relation to damages, costs and interest for its past use of music in PRS' repertoire. 

PRS Head of Broadcast Licensing, Andy Harrower, said "We're pleased to have resolved this dispute amicably with B4U.  Writers and publishers of musical works should be fairly rewarded when their music is used in broadcasts and we look forward to a constructive ongoing relationship with B4U". 

The Chief Financial and Operating Officer of B4U, Sanjay Agrawal, said "Although B4U acquires and holds licences from the Bollywood Film Studios and/or Music companies in order to broadcast its films and music in Europe, following a judgment of the Court of Appeal on 16 October 2013 B4U accepted that it was necessary to acquire additional licences from the PRS within Europe.  We are pleased to have resolved the dispute with the PRS on an amicable basis.”


About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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