IMRO, the Irish Music Rights Organisation, was granted a temporary injunction against Bourkes Bar preventing the playing music of any kind.
IMRO initiated proceedings against the pub over alleged breaches of music copyright and the non payment of royalties by the owners of the bar on Catherine Street.
According to court documents filed by IMRO in support of the application, Bourkes Bar does not currently have a music licence and owes more than €4,000 in royalties.
Faye Revington BL, representing IMRO, said the bar owners continue to play music and have upped the capacity of the venue to accommodate live music sessions.
Lorcan Bourke, the leaseholder of the premises, said there is a dispute over the arrears owed.
Judge Gerald Keyes was told the annual licence fee had been paid in full in the three years prior to the dispute which is now before the court.
Ms Revington claimed Bourkes had originally been licenced to play ‘background music’ and that IMRO had not been notified that live bands were now performing at the pub.
The court heard, the annual fee will be increase from €400 t0 around €19,000 as a result of the change.
Donal O’Rourke BL, representing Bourkes, said the agreement between his client and IMRO was “complex in nature”.
A full hearing of the case will take place later this year.
In the meantime, Judge Keyes granted an injunction preventing the playing of music – live or recorded – at the pub.
Loran Bourke gave an undertaking not to play any music in the bar until monies are lodged in court equivalent to the annual licence fee for bar seeking to play background music alone.
“IMRO are a big body with powerful legislation behind it but here is a man saying he is going to lodge money and pay his bills. He is just disputing the amount alleged to be owed and that seems perfectly acceptable to me,” said Judge Keyes.