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Your questions about PPL answered

07 July 2010

PPL is the music licensing company which, on behalf of 45,000 performers and 5,750 record companies, licenses the use of recorded music in the UK.

If I work for one company within a large multi-company building, do we each need our own licence or do we just need 1 overall licence?

It is the responsibility of each individual company.   If a building has several companies operating within it, each company will need their own licence which will be tailored to their requirements.   PPL have a specialised team who deal with licensing all new businesses


Who is responsible for getting a licence within a company?

It would be the responsibility of the Facilities Manager/Director of each business. The person who makes the key business decisions in terms of the general functionality of the building (lights, recycling etc). Music is as an important factor as any of these things which is why PPL had such a strong presence at the recent, successful Facilities Show - to reach out to those decision makers.


Does the licence depend on the amount of people in my building?

No the licence fee depends on the amount of square footage within your premises.  PPL has a range of tariffs for offices and factories with the lowest fee from 16 pence per day.  The new business team (0207 534 1095) will be happy to assist you in explaining what tariff you need or you can find the information on the website


We only play the radio in our office, why do we need a licence?

Radio stations including news and talk radio use copyright sound recordings (such as theme tunes and background music during programmes) so any radio broadcasts within your business premises will require a licence.  If you premises is under 100m2 and you only play the radio, you may be eligible for a concessionary fee of 50%. Again the new business team will be able to help you with this.


Many of our staff listen to IPod’s at their desk – how does that work?

If you, as an employer, provide music (or the means to access the music, such as docking stations or speakers) then it is a public use of music and a licence is required.  If your staff bring in their own music to listen to via headphones (i.e. their own personal iPod/walkman), a licence from PPL is not required.


How Do I get a Licence?

Getting a licence from PPL is quick and easy, call the dedicated New Business team on 0207 534 1095 who will be able to assist you.  More information can also be found on the PPL website http://ppluk/en/Music-Users/Why-you-need-a-licence/


About PPL

PPL is the music licensing company which, on behalf of 45,000 performers and 5,750 record companies, licenses the use of recorded music in the UK. This enables TV and radio stations, online streaming services and hundreds of thousands of shops, pubs and others using music in their business to obtain a licence allow them to play millions of recordings.

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