The Linear Webcast Licence
This licence is for online linear webcast services (for example, an online radio station or simulcast) where the audience cannot change their listening experience by, for example, skipping tracks or pausing the broadcast.
The Linear Webcast Licence is subject to an application process, and any licences issued are subject to a set of terms and conditions, including conditions around the operation or funding of the applying online linear webcast service.
How much does the Linear Webcast Licence cost?
The licence is split into three bands, as follows:
|Band||Lower stream limit (per calendar year)||Upper stream limit|
(per calendar year)
|2023 licence fee |
(per channel, per calendar year) (ex. VAT)
|1||0||150,000||£177 non-returnable fee|
|2||150,001||270,000||£295 non-returnable fee|
(or n/a for any multi-territory service)
|n/a||£591 non-returnable advance, recouped against £0.001181 (0.1181p) per stream|
The band appropriate for each service is dependent on:
- The number of annual streams (i.e. performances, where one track is streamed to one listener) generated by the service
- The annual revenues generated by the service, with any service that generates over £5,000 per annum requiring a Band 3 licence
- The territories targeted by the service, with any service broadcasting to multiple territories requiring a Band 3 licence, with an additional administrative fee payable.
Any service launching after 1 January in any given year will pay a fee pro-rated to the beginning of the calendar quarter in which the licence start date falls. For example, a service launching on 15 April would pay a licence fee equivalent to three quarters of the annual fee.
Once your licence is in place, payment can be made by Direct Debit, credit or debit card or by BACS.
Other online licence types
|Service type||Details||How much does|
this licence cost?
|Customised radio service||A customised online radio service is where a listener cannot control which track they listen to but can skip to the next track up to six times in an hour or pause the webcast.||We assess licence requests on a case-by-case basis.|
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|On-demand clips of recorded music||These clips are non-downloadable 30-second clips of recorded music made available on a website for listeners to stream when they want (for example, within an online learning aid, blog or review site).||Fees are £160 (plus VAT) per year for the use of 1 to 250 clips, or £641 (plus VAT) per year for the use of 251 to 1,000 clips.*|
*If you are planning to use more than 1,000 clips, please contact us at email@example.com.
Types of online music use that PPL does not license
We do not license music services that offer downloads or on-demand streams of individual music tracks, such as those services offered by Spotify and Apple Music, or services that enable the upload of content by the general public, such as YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms.
We do not license any of the following:
- On-demand streaming and/or downloads of full individual music tracks and/or albums
- Permanent downloads containing full music tracks, including podcasts
- Streaming services with ‘shuffle’ functionality that enables random playback of music tracks
- Unlimited music track skipping functionality
- User upload services
If you are using music in any of the ways set out above, you will need to contact the recording rightsholder(s) (e.g. the record label owning that track) to seek a direct licence.
For any enquiries, please contact our Broadcast Licensing team.