The owner of a building or establishment is responsible for ensuring proper licences are in place for each song, music track played on their premises. Business owners are also liable for any infringement of copyrighted music.
In most cases proper licencing is required for music that is played in a business, except in a very few cases i.e. if your business only has a very small space (square footage) and only plays broadcast radio.
What happens if we don’t have proper licences?
Failure to obtain proper music licences is copyright infringement and if you are found to be in violation of copyright law, fines can be costly ranging from £500.00 to £120,000 per song, if the courts conclude infringement was wilful.
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