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When playing or performing music in public, like in your business, you must have the proper rights. Whether it’s a coffee shop, fashion store, medical office, hotel, spa, gym or hair salon, a business must have the proper licenses to play music. Copyright laws call for severe legal and financial penalties if you fail to comply. Prior to using music in a business setting, a business must secure Performance Rights: the right to publicly perform a musical composition within a business. A performance includes the use of any form of music player, including but not limited to, an mp3 or CD player or any form of broadcast, such as AM/FM or satellite radio. These rights are either administered directly from the publisher, master owner or through performing rights organizations such as, in the USA, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc) or SESAC.

While these licenses also protect you, they are really designed to protect the artists you know and love so they receive the proper compensation for their work and can continue to write and create the music that entertains the world.

USA and Canadian Customers: SOUNDMACHINE holds direct licenses with all US (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) and Canadian collecting societies (SOCAN and RE:SOUND) as well as other performance rights organizations that generally authorize the performance of these organizations’ catalog consistently with the terms of each license agreement. As such, you do not require to pay any license when contracting our service. Note: Our licenses alone do not give a local establishment the right to engage a DJ to play music, to hire a live band to perform, to use the SOUNDMACHINE service for karaoke or for any other use. Our licenses similarly do not cover an establishment that charges a cover, entry or similar fee to customers entering the location. Our licenses do not cover any other music sources such as radio, television, CD or MP3 players. Performing music at the location in this manner or charging admission is generally not authorized by the licenses SOUNDMACHINE has obtained and may subject the local establishment to liability for copyright infringement, unless other, more extensive licenses are obtained. For further information please feel free to contact our support team at support@sound-machine.com They will likely direct you to a knowledgeable attorney or music rights consultant.

Non USA or Canadian customers: to obtain the proper licenses to perform music in public please refer to the collecting societies operating in your country. If you need any help feel free to contact our Support Team at support@sound-machine.com.