Getting paid for being played

March 2012

Record Labels, Music Publishing, Live Events Industry


Its easy getting played – but its often more difficult getting paid. In Vietnam 40 composers and members of the Ha Noi Musicians’ Association have signed a letter petitioning management agencies for tighter regulation on copyright payments and permission for live performances at a recent meeting. The meeting was organised by the Viet Nam Copyright Protection Music Centre (VCPMC) in response to recent cases which they say have revealed the inefficiency of agencies authorised to give permission for live performances. In the last year, the centre says that only one-tenth of the total number of music performances throughout the country have been collected. At the meeting, participants blamed the agency authorised to monitor and distribute payments, the Performing Arts Department in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, for granting performance organisers permission without demanding copyright payment for composers.

In the UK a Bristol nightclub has been banned from playing recorded music after Mrs Justice Proudman banned owners Norcrown Ltd from playing any more recorded music at the club until the company brings its music licences up to date. The order was imposed after the judge heard that the company was caught playing music on the premises when it did not hold a licence from music royalties collectors Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL). The court was told that PPL’s solicitors had sent letters to the premises explaining that the playing in public of sound recordings without PPL’s licence or permission constituted infringement of copyright and invited it to acquire a lOcence. The company was also ordered to pay £1,832 legal costs, which must be paid within 14 days. Owner Matthew Sellars said he had no intention of flouting the law and was happy to pay the costs immediately.

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