As the UK's music licensing company for tens of thousands of performers and recording rightsholders, we license radio stations, TV channels and some online services to include recorded music in their broadcasts.
We also license UK businesses and organisations to play music in public through PPL PRS Ltd, our joint venture with PRS for Music.
What is a music licence?
Recorded music is protected by copyright. This means that, if you wish to include recorded music in a radio or TV broadcast, or in an online service, or if you wish to play recorded music in public (such as playing it to staff or customers at your business premises), legal permission is needed from each and every recording rightsholder whose recordings you use.
PPL’s licences provide this permission on behalf of the tens of thousands of recording rightsholders we represent, allowing you to use virtually all commercially-released recordings in the UK. This saves you from having to contact multiple companies or individuals directly.
PPL licenses the commercial copying of recorded music by specialist companies that supply music systems to businesses for the playing of recorded music. This type of copying of music is sometimes also known as “dubbing”.
We make sure the revenue flows back to our members
After deduction of our operating costs, your licence fee is distributed to the performers and recording rightsholders we represent. Having invested their time, talent and money to make recorded music, they are entitled to a fair payment when it is broadcast or played in public. We do not retain a profit for our services.
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