- Do you play tunes using Spotify?
- Use an iTunes playlist?
- Have the radio playing?
- Enjoy playing someone’s CD collection?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above – and your business doesn’t have a valid licence from Spotify or iTunes AND the PPL and PRS for Music – you’re breaking the law and could be liable for a substantial fine.
Spotify and iTunes
PPL or PRS for Music?
Unsure whether you need a licence from the PPL or PRS for Music?
You’re likely to need both, if you play music in a public space.
- PPL collects and distributes money on behalf of record companies and performers
- PRS for Music represents songwriters, composers and music publishers
Ultimately, if you play music in public without a licence, you’re infringing copyright and – as the Government website points out – could be sued for damages.
What kind of penalties could you face?
If you play music without the right licence or licences in place, you’re opening your business up to hefty fines, bans or worse…
- For example, the owner of the Newport nightclub the Birdcage was hit by a £20,000 fine – along with a suspended prison sentence – for playing music without a valid PPL licence in June 2015
- And popular Swindon nightspot MECA was fined £2000 in December 2016 for a similar offence
- Plus, the House of Hair and Beauty – a hairdressing salon in Preston – was given a £1,500 fine and banned from playing music for failing to have a valid PPL licence in July 2010.
How much does a licence cost?
The cost of the licences vary, depending on the type and size of your business.
It should be simple, but unfortunately there’s a myriad of conflicting material in the public domain, which means many businesses are confused as to what they can play and which licences they need but we can confirm
Make life easy with soundjack
Don’t worry though, we’re committed to cutting through the noise and making life as easy as possible for you.
- We’re a fully licensed background music supplier
- That means all the music on our system is licensed for commercial use
But to play that music legally, you’ll still need to get those licences but we can help you manage this process.
Got any questions? We’d love to answer them so get in touch at 0207 644 8880