Britain's Performing Right Society is suing British car repair group Kwik-Fit for £200,000 ($400,000) in damages claiming employees played music in its garages nationwide without a relevant license.

Lord Emslie, the judge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, will hear the case, which has been launched after years of PRS-led investigation found Edinburgh, Scotland-based Kwik-Fit's staff played radios in their workshops.

"Kwik Fit has been given every opportunity to take out the appropriate licences but they have refused," says the PRS in a statement. "Court action is regrettable but Kwik Fit's actions have left us with no choice."

London-based PRS is a not-for-profit organization that licenses the public performance of music on behalf of its 50,000 composer, songwriter and music publisher members.

In its statement, the society adds, "If copyright music is played in public - in shops, restaurants, workplaces or any other business, then a PRS license is required. 1,000s of such businesses throughout the U.K. have participated in this agreement since 1914 and understand the need for it."

Kwik-Fit vows to contest the action and says it has a policy which prohibits the use of personal radios in the workplace. "This was a technical legal issue," says Kwik-Fit in a statement, adding "clearly PRS have one view and KF another and Lord Emsley has decided to settle this through a legal debate."