Music: Licensing

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 8th April 2019.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with music collecting societies on reducing the cost of a licence for playing music in small business premises.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

The Department’s agency, the Intellectual Property Office, has regular discussions with a range of music collecting societies. Collecting societies are private, commercial organisations and, although the Government regulates them in some respects, it plays no role in setting their licence tariffs. Businesses that are dissatisfied may have recourse to the Copyright Tribunal, an independent judicial body which adjudicates on the price and terms of copyright licences.

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