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Performing of copyrighted music
Laws surrounding the performance of copyright music, plus where and how to get permission.
 
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Sherif
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:25 pm    Post subject: Performing of copyrighted music Reply with quote

I need details on copyright laws regarding the performing of copyrighted music. Will I need to gain permission from the artists/bands?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:25 pm    Post subject: Performing of copyrighted music Reply with quote

The public performance or broadcast of a musical work requires a license from the PRS, for details you should see http://www.prs.co.uk/

Licenses are normally applied for by the venue, not individuals.
i.e. if a venue has live acts, I would expect the venue to have a performance license, not the musicians.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:28 am    Post subject: Performing copyrighted music Reply with quote

This is confusing because I've heard different opinions on this. Some say that it's the venue's responsibility to get permission for live bands to perform cover versions - others that it's the band's responsibility even if the venue has a licence. In this case I'm talking about unsigned bands performing in pubs. Is there a definitive answer on this?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certainly in my experience it is normally the venue that the license is purchased for.
For definitive facts, the PRS would be best people to talk to on this one. Certainly the matter of music in pubs is dealt with at their page http://www.mcps-prs-alliance.co.uk/playingbroadcastingonline/music_for_businesses/PB/Pages/pubsandbars.aspx
and the current fees the venue owners should pay are shown at http://www.mcps-prs-alliance.co.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/PPS%20Price%20Guides/PubsandBars_Priceguide0501.pdf

I'm sure it is possible for individual bands/artists to get their own licenses - it's just not as common. In the past I have heard of keep fit/aerobics companies / sole traders being licensed (where they use music in the exercises etc) - in that case the aerobics company had the license, not the venue - I think it probably comes down to who is 'putting on' the event.

In the case of bands playing in pubs, it is normally the pub that is licensed, in fact even if they only have a jukebox or background music they should already have a license, (it's just they may need to pay a bit extra for live music).
When I was in a band in the '90s, we played loads of pubs and clubs and never needed a license ourselves, because the venues regularly had live bands and were therefore already licensed.
To be frank, if the venue has not got a license, I can't imagine that it's much of a venue.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

However, be careful if the source of the performance music is a digital version, eg installed on a laptop from a CD - see in particular http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4609378.stm
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:19 am    Post subject: Questions regarding live performance of others work Reply with quote

What if you are a paid performer for weddings (outdoors and in churches or halls), retirement homes, private home dinner parties and those type of places? Many of these places will not have a license. Do I need to obtain a license as an individual to perform in these circumstances?

I have searched the internet and have not found an adequate answer to my specific question. I am an instrumental performer. I perform live at weddings and other events. If I were to perform live with an accompaniment recording (backing me while I played the melody) and the work was not public domain, would I need permission from the publisher? Is there a difference in copyright policies if I am being paid for the live performance while being backed by an accompaniment recording, versus being unpaid? The accompaniment recordings in these scenarios are legally obtained recordings purchased from distributors. Do the distributors have the copyright over these accompaniment CDS and do I obtain permission to perform with these CDs from the distributor or the original copyright holder or both?

Do I have to obtain permission even if I am not performing with an accompaniment CD? Do I obtain that permission directly from the copyright holder of the song? What is the usually policy for these situations? Do I have to pay in order to perform each peice? If so, how much? Would it be a large amount or a percentage of what I make?

I know there are alot of questions here, but I would really like to continue performing professionally at public events and I don't want to breach any laws.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject: Music Copyrights law Reply with quote

Permission again must be required to bring into play music in your video's. Even if you are not making any money, you still have to acquire permission.
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