Music, Licensing & You : How Changes to the Law Will Impact Your Business
Most restaurant operators play music in their establishments for the enjoyment of their customers. In the case of recorded music, the performance rights are generally owned by one of the performance-rights societies, such as the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and SESAC, Inc. These societies license agreements to commercial establishments for the privilege of playing music composed or performed by those copyright owners whose performing rights these societies hold. The charged generally depend upon such factors as whether the music is recorded or live, room occupancy, and whether dancing is permitted.