Disclosure Details

Music licence - 447/13

Dated: 21 Jun 2013

Date of request:     05/06/2013

Date of response:   21/06/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 5 June 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, could you please advise how much money your organisation has paid to 'PRS for Music PLC' for any music licences over the last three financial years and whether or not any such arrangement is under review. 

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the (enter Department/s Area Command/s)  of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Over the last 3 years Northumbria Police Force has paid £31,397 in total to the Performing Rights Society over the following financial years.

Please note: Northumbria Police, like most organisations in these present economic times, is very conscious of reducing unnecessary costs.

A Performing Rights Society (PRS) licence is needed for any device capable of playing music, including radios and TVs, in a workplace or public area. Without this licence there is an infringement of copyright and the law is broken.

The force’s current PRS licence is based on the number of appliances in our buildings.

While a large number of the appliances are in areas such as rest rooms, a certain number are necessary for monitoring broadcast news outputs.

Financial Year Cost (£)
2010/11 9,610
2011/12 10,296
2012/13 11,491
The organisation has instructions concerning where music devices can be played within the force. This list is reviewed on an annual basis.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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