My daughters dancing class has a certificate on the wall which says they "Licensed to play music" WOW!
So I looked into this and stumbled upon this website
A licence is required by anyone who plays music audio and / or video recordings in public. ‘In public’, for example, includes in retail stores and malls, clubs, salons, restaurants, cafes and bars. If your phone system includes a music on-hold facility, this also needs to be licensed.
Any business found to be playing copyrighted material in public without the appropriate licence is breaking the law. Usually two licences are required: a Public Performance Licence from PPNZ and an APRA licence.
Publicity of the prosecution of a Palmerston North business in recent years raised the awareness of retailers to the need for licensing. The business was ordered to stop illegally playing music for which it did not have a Public Performance Licence and to pay costs and damages amounting to almost $3,500.00.
Are you freaking kidding me ...
But wait there is some good news:
The good news is that the NZRA has negotiated a discount for members of 10% off the APRA licence fee.
When trying to work out how much a licence costs it seems impossible to find out. I have to register myself/company first (providing them with my details so they can come investigate later I suppose).
On the PPNZ site it mentions the following:
With the massive impact of recorded music on creating a great atmosphere, it is only fair that the owners of that recorded music be paid when their music is played in a public, community or business setting. Purchasing a CD or downloading music tracks provides you with the permission to use this music in a domestic setting only. So, playing recorded music in public requires the consent or permission of the copyright owner. In New Zealand, these rights of recording artists and labels are protected under the Copyright Act 1994.
So this raises a couple of questions:
- Listening to free streaming radio stations is free for anybody. Do you need a licence to play Pandora or Spotify? Its overseas radio. Does that law apply in NZ?
- What about tradies that play their music in vans while driving? Thats public too (not as their example but arguably so). The taxi's? do they have licences to play the radio?
- Do Non New Zealand artists benefit from this? Ie the license fee. Do they get a cut? If now why not?
- If I have the artists permission. Am I allowed to play the music in public?
- And are they absolutely serious that I need to pay a licence fee for a business phone system with on-hold music? What if I compose the music myself?
OK. So this one got me wound up for the week. To me it seems like just another "Nanny State" law. Useless and just a con to collect money. Or am I missing something here?
How many of you guys that have businesses pay your license fee?