You are required by law to have a music licence If you play music in your business.
Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA) 1988, if recorded music is played in public (i.e. played in any context other than a domestic one) then every play of every recording requires the permission of the record company that controls the copyright in that recording.
PPL collects and distributes revenue for the use of recorded music on behalf of record companies and performers. PRS for Music collects and distributes revenue for the use of music and lyrics on behalf of songwriters, composers and publishers. To play music in a public place without a licence is infringing Copyright Laws. PRS and/or PPL for Music could then bring proceedings under the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988 if the licence fee is not paid and music continues to be played.
If tourist accommodation providers play music in their premises where it can be heard by members of the public and they do not hold a music licence then they could be in breach of the legislation. The proprietors may be subject to legal proceedings if they do not pay the licence fee. The options available to the Proprietors are that they either pay the licence fee or do not play music on their tourist accommodation premises.
This policy also applies to small B&Bs with three guest bedrooms or fewer as well as single unit self catering businesses with three bedrooms or fewer. For more information visit the PRS For Music website.
Northern Ireland Tourist Board
St Anne's Court, 59 North Street
BELFAST, BT1 1NB
Tel 028 9023 1221
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Textphone 028 9044 1522
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