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Retailers ‘unaware’ of music licensing rules, survey finds

Nov 5, 2018 | Retail

Kevin Whitlock

More than half of small businesses owners in the UK incorrectly believe a personal music account gives them the right to use it in their place of work, according to a new survey by licensing specialist Soundtrack Your Brand.

The poll found that 31% of small business owners in the UK did not have a license to play background music, or were unsure whether they did.

In addition, the survey found that more than 80% of businesses believe that music is important their business and 88% of businesses play music daily or 4-5 days a week.

Andreas Liffgarden, co-founder and chairman of Soundtrack Your Brand, said: “Lack of innovation has driven small businesses to choose consumer services, as they are far more accessible and easy-to-use than most business alternatives.

“We need a new generation of business-to-business streaming services, attractive to business owners, that make sure music makers get fair compensation.”

Earlier this year, the bodies representing music copyright holders merged to form a new joint venture called PPL PRS, it now supplies music licences to businesses.

Tags: Retail

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