copying and reproducing music

MUSIC SERVICE PROVIDERS

Music Service Providers supply music compilations to businesses, particularly in the hospitality and retail industries. These compilations can be used on in-store background music systems, juke boxes or hard-drives for venues. 

A Music Service Provider licence from OneMusic is available for anyone wanting to compile and supply music in this way.

Licence fees are calculated on a per-month/per-premise rate and you can find out more by contacting OneMusic on 0800 800 663.

Businesses using music compilations supplied by a Music Service Provider will almost always need to hold their own OneMusic licence to cover the public performance of the music supplied.

Click here to find out more about the music licences available through OneMusic.

COPYING MUSIC TO PLAY IN YOUR BUSINESS

While many businesses use background music supplied by a licensed Music Service Provider, some choose to make their own copies of music playlists from their own digital and CD collection. Copying music for a commercial use requires the permission of the owners of that music.

A licence for copying or “dubbing” recordings for use as background music in business is administered by OneMusic. For more information on OneMusic and the OneMusic Dubbing Licence, please click here.

REPRODUCING MUSIC FOR FEATURED MUSIC USE

Making copies of music for private and domestic use is provided for under the Copyright Act, with certain restrictions. However, when music is copied for the purpose of playing the copy in public in a featured way, a licence is required. This may include when copies are being made for back-up purposes, format shifting or as musical accompaniment for performances and rehearsals.

Our General Reproduction Licence is available for copying music this way and you can download a copy of the licence here.

INDEPENDENT TV PRODUCTION COMPANIES COPYING MUSIC INTO PROGRAMMING

Using music in television programmes requires the permission of the sound recording owners. This permission needs to cover the broadcast or communication of the programme, as well as the reproduction or copying of recordings into programmes.

A commercial broadcaster’s licence provides certain permission to copy music into programming produced by that broadcaster, when sound recordings are used in an incidental and background way. However, when programmes are produced externally by independent production companies for supply to broadcasters, the relevant production company will need to hold a reproduction licence.

In certain circumstances, Recorded Music NZ can seek permission to offer a blanket licence on behalf of sound recording owners for music copied into independent productions. If we are unable to offer a licence, we can help you to identify the appropriate Master Rights Holders for direct licensing enquiries.

If you have an enquiry around licensing for independent production companies please contact Liz Diamond by emailing liz@recordedmusic.co.nz.