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News - 27 March 2004
Unsightly and expensive

Brighton & Hove Council gets tough on fly posting

Two major record labels guilty of illegal fly posting have been taken to court by Brighton & Hove City Council.

The record label BMG/Arista Records and its sister label BMG UK & Ireland have been fined for illegally putting up posters advertising Dido's 'Life for Rent' album and the Pop Idol 'Xmas Factor' compilation.

They were each fined £350 and told to pay £350 costs by Brighton & Hove Magistrates Court.

They were caught by the city council's enforcement team, who found the posters on North Street and the Old Steine. The team issued written warnings to the record labels late last year asking them to take the posters down, but when they returned in January, the posters were still there. So the team took the record labels to court.

Matt Easteal, manager of the enforcement team, said, "We want to get the message across to the promoters that Brighton & Hove is not an easy target for fly posting. If you put up posters illegally, you will get prosecuted. Hopefully this case will make record labels understand that we don't want their tatty posters all over the city. We are ready and able to prosecute those who break the law."


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