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Released 16 October 2008

A recent report states that The Performing Rights Society (PRS), the UK organisation for collecting royalties for the music industry, will be approaching small businesses, charities, playschools, and kids' community centers for money so that they will not be prosecuted.

The PRS collect licence fees from companies that use music as part of their businesses, such as pubs, clubs and restaurants. Some might argue that these type of companies benefit commercially from playing music to the public, so a licence fee, although not particular popular, can be absorbed as a legitimate business expense. Smaller organisations however, may find this an unnecessary financial burden.

More about the Performing Rights Society.

Formed in 1997 between two royalty collection societies (MCPS and PRS), the PRS exists to collect and pay royalties to its members when their music is recorded and made available to the public (MCPS); and when their music is performed, broadcast or otherwise made publicly available (PRS). Money is generated (through licence fees) from the recording of members' music on many different formats, including CDs, DVDs, television, broadcast and online. Money is due for any public performance of music, whether live or recorded, that takes place outside the home and from radio and television broadcasts and online.

MCPS and PRS pay money collected to their writer, composer and music publisher members. Both organisations are not for profit and only deduct a small admin/commission fee to cover operating costs.

Jane Coyle is a trainee solicitor at Lawdit and can be contacted at

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