Music: Licensing

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Margaret Ritchie Margaret Ritchie Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent assessment is of the impact on small businesses of the licensing enforcement regime for the use of music in public spaces.

Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Minister for Universities and Science, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Jointly with the Department for Education)

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, has not assessed the impact on small businesses of the licensing enforcement regime for the use of music in public spaces. This regime is not run or approved by government.

The collecting societies 'PRS for Music' and 'Phonographic Performance Limited' (PPL), which represent copyright owners in the music sector, enforce their licensing requirements themselves. Since April 2014, their conduct towards licensees and potential licensees has been governed by minimum standards that can be enforced by Government through the Copyright (Regulation of Relevant Licensing Bodies) Regulations 2014.

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