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PRS Seeks Legal Action Against Airline For Playing Members' Music Without a License

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The High Court has ruled in favour of the Performing Right Society in a question over whether a landmark copyright infringement case against Qatar Airways should be heard by the English courts.

 
The PRS, which represents over 145,000 songwriters and composers, claims that Elton, Adele, Phil Collins, Ed Sheeran and others are owned millions of pounds in unpaid royalties. The organisation is seeking damages from Qatar Airways for using its members' repertoire without a music license in place. 
 
Airlines usually are granted licenses to play music from copyright societies operating from the countries where they are based, but no such organisation exists in the Gulf--meaning that Qatar, Emirates and Kuwait Airways don't have such deals.
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