12/24/2010

UK not-for-profits need music licenses now too

The Scottish law firm MacRoberts reports that the music performance licensing exemption previously available to "third sector organizations" in the UK "is to be abolished." Third sector organizations are charities and other not-for-profits. In Music Licensing Exemption for Charities Abolished, the firm explains that
...public venues, used by charities and other non-for-profit organisations, and in which music is played, will require licences from two copyright collecting societies – PPL [which collects fees for performers and record companies] and the Performing Right Society [which collects for songwriters and composers].