SONY MUSIC executives have escaped prosecution after pledging to stop the commissioning of illegal flyposting.
As previously reported, North London’s Camden Council took action against huge music corporations Sony and BMG. The companies faced Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBO) for illegal flyposting around the area, which was deemed as causing “harassment, alarm or distress”.
But court action was withdrawn against Sony employees Catherine Davies and Jo Headland yesterday (June 14), after they promised to stop the commissioning of the flyposting, which as dried up in the area since the summons.
According to the BBC, illegal flyposting saves companies such as Sony over £8 million in advertising costs, while the council estimate it costs the taxpayer £250,000 a year to clean up in the borough.
BMG have not pledged to stop commissioning the practise, frowned upon due to the growing alleged connection between ‘grime’ and ‘crime’ levels.
Camden Council’s head of litigation Richard Gruet commented: “Anti-social behaviour is anti-social behaviour, whoever engages in it.
“We have won an undertaking from Sony to the effect that they will not engage in fly-posting any more in this country. We welcome that.
“But I think it is a little unfortunate that BMG, who were given the opportunity to do the same undertaking in the same terms, have not done so – that gives us little choice but to pursue them in the courts very shortly.”
Gruet has also spoken to councils in Islington, Hastings, and Greater Manchester who are interested in taking similar action.