Stadium Project 

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Set the scene

WHO ARE PRS FOR MUSIC? PRS for Music is made up of two collection societies: the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Ltd and the Performing Right Society Ltd. It undertakes collective rights management for musical works on behalf of its members. For the purpose of these guideline we will only cover the Performing Right Society Limited. The Performing Right Society Limited (PRS) is an association of composers, authors and publishers of musical works (lyrics and music). It is mandated by its members, through deeds of assignment, and members of its affiliate societies around the world, through reciprocal agreements, to license and collect royalties for the broadcast, performance in public and communication to the public of musical works of those members. PRS owns the copyright in its members musical works through the deeds of assignment. PRS does not own the copyright in the musical works in its affiliate society members works, only the right to license and collect royalties.

WHO ARE PPL? Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) is also a collecting society. PPL represents the interests of record companies and performers. It is mandated by its record company members, through the transfer of rights, and the members of its affiliate societies around the world, through reciprocal agreements, to license and collect royalties for the broadcast, playing in public and communication to the public of sound recordings of those members. It is also mandated by its performer members, who do not transfer any rights to PPL, to collect and distribute the UK royalties and, if appointed to do so, international royalties for their share of the licence fees for the performances of recordings and broadcasts on which they have performed.

WHO ARE PPL PRS LTD? PPL PRS Ltd is a joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music. Previously, businesses had to obtain a separate music licence from both PPL and PRS for Music. However, they have come together to form PPL PRS Ltd and launched TheMusicLicence to provide a single music licensing service. PPL PRS Ltd do not any rights in PRS or PPL members musical works (or those of PRS and PPL’s affiliate members). It is mandated only to license and collect royalties for the performance or playing in public and communication to the public of musical works and sound recordings.

WHO ARE MPLC? Motion Picture Licensing Company is a collecting society which licences and collects royalties for the showing on TV in commercial settings of a film in public or communication of a film to the public. MPLC represents the interests of its members, which are film companies and TV producers. A “non-theatrical” film licence to show films and TV programmes in public is required: •At one-off events •At film clubs – whether or not you sell tickets •in common areas for guests, residents and passengers •in retail and entertainment venues It is mandated by its members, through the transfer of rights, and the members of its affiliate societies around the world, through reciprocal agreements, to license and collect royalties for the broadcast, playing in public and communication to the public of sound recordings of those members. oWhat rights do they own? oWhy and in what circumstances would I need a MPLC licence? ((Rob to provide information in the different ways in which a stadium/owner may use music)