Background

PPL’s ability to quickly and accurately pay performers for the recordings that they contribute to is reliant on the quality of performer line-up information supplied to us by recording rightsholders for their recordings.  

Recording rightsholders agree, on joining PPL, to provide details of performers who have contributed to their sound recordings. This is to ensure that performers, who have a legal right to receive equitable remuneration from the owner of the copyright in the sound recording, can be fairly paid for their work.

In 2010, after several months of consultation with our rightsholder members and wider industry bodies, PPL agreed a Data Policy setting out the criteria for repertoire data submissions. The requirement to supply performer line-up information was officially set out in the PPL Repertoire Data Policy, however PPL elected not to enforce this at the time. This was to allow rightsholders a grace period to undertake the data quality improvement works needed to meet the minimum standards for recording data required by the Policy.

To supplement the data we currently receive PPL undertakes a great deal of work researching and linking performer line-ups to recordings, however there are limitations to the reach of this activity due to the volume of recordings received.

Since the introduction of the PPL Repertoire Data Policy in 2010, PPL has worked closely with many of our recording rightsholder members to improve the industry wide approach to dealing with sound recording metadata. Over this period we have seen considerable improvements in the quality of repertoire data received; these improvements have enabled PPL to match to more recordings from licensee playlists and pay money out more quickly and more accurately.

As the quality of repertoire data improved across the majority of our members, the PPL Board agreed, that it would be appropriate to focus on performer data quality and move towards a mandatory requirement for the inclusion of performer line-up information in repertoire submissions.