Marketing executives at Sony Music U.K. have escaped Anti Social Behavior Orders (ASBO) after pledging to put an end to illegal "flyposting." Yet legal action still looms for executives at BMG U.K. an
LONDON -- Marketing executives at Sony Music U.K. have escaped Anti Social Behavior Orders (ASBO) after pledging to put an end to illegal "flyposting." Yet legal action still looms for executives at BMG U.K. and Ireland.
At Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court yesterday, North London's Camden Council withdrew action against Catherine Davies, managing director of Sony Music U.K., and Jo Headland, marketing director for the company's international division. The council says it decided on the move after Sony agreed to cease "flyposting" -- the illegal practice of pasting billboards in highly visible areas -- in England and Wales. Sony also paid unspecified costs.
Councilor John Thane, executive member for the environment, Camden Council, warns that the council will continue to target BMG executives after that company "declined our offer to make the same undertaking" as Sony.
The council said it is not proceeding with an ASBO against BMG U.K. temporary hire Lucy Hansford, as she is due to exit the company next week.
"Camden Council is pleased that Sony Music Entertainment (U.K.) Ltd. has recognized that flyposting is antisocial behavior and cannot continue," says Thane in a statement. "We will be encouraging other companies engaging in flyposting in Camden and around England and Wales to recognize this as well, and we will be using this legislation against those that don't do so."
Spokesmen for BMG and Sony declined to comment.
ASBOs, civil procedures typically used to curb unruly behavior, have until now been aimed at prostitutes, vandals and drug dealers and users.
The Metropolitan police served notice on May 27 that the council would take legal measures against Sony and BMG.