What is a PPL Broadcast Licence?
A Broadcast Licence from PPL gives you legal permission to broadcast virtually all commercially-released recordings in the UK. For radio, this includes music use across a variety of different platforms including AM, FM, DAB, satellite and online. For TV, this includes terrestrial, satellite and cable TV services in the UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Types of online music use that PPL does not license
PPL do not license music services that offer downloads or on-demand streams of individual music tracks, such as Spotify and Apple Music, or services that enable the upload of content by the general public, such as YouTube and Facebook.
They do not license any of the following:
- On-demand streaming and/or downloads of full individual music tracks and/or albums
Permanent downloads containing full music tracks, including podcasts
- Streaming services with ‘shuffle’ functionality that enables random playback of music tracks
- Unlimited music track skipping functionality
- User upload services
If you are using music in any of the ways set out above, you will need to contact the recording rightsholder(s) (e.g. the record label owning that track) to seek a direct licence.
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