A HUDDERSFIELD publican paid the price of being caught playing music on his premises without a licence.
Judge Justice Peter Smith was told at the High Court in London that a licence inspector visited the Wellington pub on Newsome Road, Newsome, in January last year and heard music being played.
The judge was also told that owner Sean Fountain did not hold a Phonographic Performance Ltd licence.
The company's counsel, Jessie Bowhill, told the court that Fountain had now paid his licence fee by cheque.
But Phonographic Performance Ltd still sought the legal costs run up in pursuing the matter.
At a brief hearing, the judge ordered Fountain, who was not present and who was not represented, to pay £1,322.
Ms Bowhill told the judge that the inspector who called at the Wellington heard the tracks White Flag by Dido, Don't Stop Movin' by S Club 7 and Angels by Robbie Williams being played at the premises, even though no licence was then in force.
If licence fees go unpaid, owners can be banned from playing music at their premises until they pay up.
They can face fines of up to £10,000 - or even prison- if they do not obey.
Such bans apply to all forms of mechanically recorded music, such as records, tapes and CDs in Phonographic Performance Ltd's repertoire, which covers 97% of all music.
Music licences can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds, depending on the size of the venue and the audiences.