Currently, under copyright legislation, businesses in Ireland that play recorded music in public are obliged to obtain two licences covering two separate copyrights – one covering the public performance of the musical work on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers (currently administered by IMRO) and the other covering the public performance of the sound recording on behalf of record producers and performers (currently administered by PPI).
But starting on 1st January next year, a dual copyright music licence covering both copyrights will replace the current two-licence system to be administered by IMRO. A phasing-in term will allow current invoicing and licensing periods come into line with the new system and IMRO will be updating businesses as to their requirements.
“The new dual music licence will provide businesses which play music with clarity as to what they need to do to be legally compliant,” commented IMRO Chief Executive Victor Finn, “It means that one contract covering all music copyrights will be available from IMRO.”
The new model is very similar to systems in place in Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand, pointed out PPI Chief Executive Dick Doyle.
“In operational terms, this announcement impacts less than 50% of PPI’s business,” he explained, “As a result up to eight staff will be affected. Some of these staff will transfer with the business while others will have the opportunity of either transferring with the business or availing of voluntary redundancy. A staff consultation period is now in train with those affected.”
An information campaign will be initiated in the coming months to ensure as much clarity and support for businesses as possible.
Further information is available at www.imro.ie/duallicence and by phoning 1800 661 030.