the performing right society

Employers told to pay up for Music

Listening to music at work may soon become a thing of the past… It is estimated that more than half a million businesses across the UK are playing music illegally. But many of them don’t even know it. By law, whenever music is played publicly (that’s considered to be anywhere outside the home) a license is needed. It doesn’t matter whether it’s played on a radio, cd or mp3, or who’s listening. In the case of businesses, whether staff or customers can hear it, you still need a license. The Performing Right Society (PRS) takes the money and pays it to the artist. That’s because under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 if you use copyright music in public, you need to have permission from every writer or composer. Without a license you could ... »