Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have already bought and paid for the CDs. Do I still need a license to play it?
A: When you buy a CD, you do not purchase the right to communicate the musical work in public. You have to pay royalties both to the performer, through PRSP, and the owner of the sound recording.
Q: How is playing music in my business different from playing music at home?
A: Music played at home is considered a domestic use of music and such is not considered a public performance. Music played in businesses for the benefit of clients is a public performance thus requiring a license from PRSP.
Q: Do I need a license from PRSP if I only play foreign music?
A: Yes. PRSP has reciprocal agreements with international collecting management organizations. PRSP represents not only local but international performers as well.
Q: What happens if I do not get a license?
A: PRSP will take all the necessary steps to help you abide by the law. However, continuous use of performers' works without permission may lead to a copyright infringement case. You may become liable to pay damages and costs of litigation plus the license fees.
Q: Who should obtain license from PRSP?
A: Establishments that use musical and cinematic works should obtain licenses from PRSP such as: Radio, cable TV, hotel and resorts, restaurants and food establishments, music lounges, amusement places, malls and shops, clinics, spas, fitness centers, websites, transport services, videoke lounges and music on hold.
Q: What types of licenses are issued by PRSP?
A: Mechanical Music Licensing/ Background Music: When you play music in your establishment, whether it may be a restaurant, a lounge or a bar, you are authorizing a public performance ergo, requiring licenses. Also included are performances by radio, tape, CD, DVD, cable TV, and video jukebox. Film and Video Licensing: When you showcase videos and films in your establishments whether by live satellite subscription to local networks or acquired CD/DVD copies of films/ music videos, PRSP license is a pre-requisite.