If you have, or are considering having a television on public display in your office or shop please be aware that you will require the following licenses;
1. A standard TV licence from the TV Licensing Agency (£145.60)
2. A licence from the Performing Rights Society (approx. £120)
3. A PPL Licence (£108 plus VAT). There is an additional £50 charge if an application is submitted retrospectively.
The PPL and PRS are two separate bodies responsible for managing royalty payments within the music industry. Copyright law, as it stands, requires that any person or organisation have a PPL and PRS licence if they have a radio and/or television playing to the public. This is not limited to music – theme tunes and any sound effects are also included.
The PPL and PRS represent different groups; the PRS represent songwriters/composers and publishers and the PPL represent performers and record companies. Even though producers will have paid for use of any music and sound effects this does not cover public performances by other individuals or organisations.