Melbourne bar told to pay $200K for playing songs without license

Earlier this year, Kristine Becker, the owner of Melbourne cafe and wine bar Hairy Little Sista, came under scrutiny for underpaying and withholding the wages of staff. Her problems haven’t ended there.

Now Becker has been ordered to pay close to AUS$200,000 (about US$144,000) for playing music in her venue without the necessary licensing fees.

Whether it’s a bar, a retail store or a bookshop, all music artists have the right to royalties if their music is played in a public place....

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