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Copyright Law and Personal Music Playlists

Copyright Law and Personal Music Playlists

If you go to a workshop, salon, or other location that plays some sort of music to get through the day. But, instead of radio stations, more and more businesses are using personal playlists so that they can enjoy what they’re listening to. The problem is – that could be breaking all sorts of copyright laws and regulations.

The fact is, you need to have a commercial license in order to play any sort of music in public – that license is where you get the fees and such that your favorite musicians and their teams need in order to make a living. It’s actually estimated that musicians, artists, and composers are missing over $2.5 billion every single year because of these practices. That’s based on a study done by Nielsen Music of 5000 small businesses throughout the United States and Europe.

Here’s where the numbers start to get larger. When you look at small businesses with 10 or less employees, it’s estimated that more than 8 out of 10 of them are breaking the law in this way. This is especially true if you’re using something like Spotify – which actually says in their user agreement that it’s for personal use only.

So, what’s the answer? It’s a difficult one. There are some organizations that are trying to get people out there to do store visits, but with more businesses opening all of the time, it’s hard to get everywhere. Many companies are now trying to reach out to small businesses with affordable options where they can use playlists and such – but it’s going to take some time before it’s more widely accepted.

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