Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Essex Police” “A message in an FOI”

ESSEX POLICE paid more than £10,000 in the past year, so that staff can listen to music.

Whilst many believe that they spend every breathe you take, fighting crime, others have wondered why there is a need, in difficult times, to pay out for music.

The force was among 17 across the country which spent more than £10,000 in the past year on licences from the Performing Rights Society (PRS), which collects the fees and pays royalties to composers and their publishers.

The highest expenditure came from the Metropolitan Police, which paid £246,297, while four forces – including Norfolk – paid nothing. The bill in Cambridgshire was just £1,999.

We would ask for a statement but we fear they may say: “De doo doo doo, de dah dah dah.”


  1. Whilst this amount does seem excessive at least the Police are acting wholly within the law, I wonder how many firms allow staff to listen to music either on radio or from TV recording and do not purchase a PPL.

    A PPL licence is required when recorded music, including radio and TV, is played in public. There is no statutory definition of ‘playing in public’ (also sometimes referred to as ‘public performance’) but the UK courts have given guidance on its meaning and ruled that it is any playing of music outside of a domestic setting – so, for example, playing recorded music at a workplace, public event or in the course of any business activities is considered to be ‘playing in public’


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