Most of us take music for granted and many of us use it in our work places. It is a good marketing tool. It attracts customers, relaxes staff and generally if used carefully, helps to define the style and ambience of our establishments.
But if you use music, be it on TV, radio, CD, tape or music played to callers over the telephone line, out side the private home, it is a performance ‘in public’.
It doesn’t matter whether it is a live presentation or recorded music, if you don’t have a licence you are breaking the law, and if you get caught the fines are huge.
The artist, the recording company and the publisher, owns the ‘copyright’ of an individual piece of music and they need to agree, for a fee, to allow you to use their music in public. Failure to reach an agreement will lead to legal action. Even when the artist dies, the material is still under copyright for a further 75 years and you will still be liable if you breach any part of the copyright law.
Basically you are breaking the law if, you play music in a public place, copy music off an original CD, tape, or off the internet, to play in a public place without a licence.
Using your favourite CD as background music on your home movies maybe OK as long as the video doesn’t leave your home. If it finds it way into a hall or a place were the public can go or ends up on some TV programme, you will be breaking the law, and could get caught.
So you need a licence for:
Music in your business
An event where music is used in a public place
Music on hold on your telephone system
For making, audio recordings of a song or other Musical works, advertising and importation of sound recordings
Pre-recorded production music for audio visual productions
Music for online applications
Music for educational purposes, theatre productions, eisteddfods, dance schools and print music.
Licences can be obtained through the Australian Performing Rights Association Ltd, APRA on (02) 9935 7900 or visit their web-site
Alternatively you can use AVP Copyright Free Music! email@example.com