Music licensing

There are two separate fees that are generally required when a sound recording is played in public. There is a copyright in the actual sound recording, for which a licence fee from the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) is needed. These fees are then distributed to record companies and performers.

There is a separate copyright in the musical and lyrical composition for which a licence from the Performing Rights Society (PRS) is needed. These fees are then distributed, in the main, to composers and publishers.
 

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