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Businesses such as radio stations and mobile telecoms use music everyday, as do shops/malls, restaurants, health clubs, theme parks, or corporations. Whether it is a bar playing music to attract customers to their establishment or a gym playing music for their members in aerobics classes, businesses need to obtain a communications to public rights Licence.

What will a PPL licence allow me to do?
A PPL licence is customised for each Licencee and will enable you to play sound recordings in public according to your particular circumstance. For example, a public performance licence does not allow you to re-record commercial sound recordings onto other media.

It gives permission to use all recordings administered controlled by PPL.It does not permit you to play sound recordings not administered by PPL.
You obtain this licence in a hassle-free manner.

What is the role of Police in copyright infringement situations?
Punjab & Haryana High Court in an Order of 2011 has spelt out (extracts) as follows: " Duty of Police to take action for copyrights violation -- 11. The police machinery is relevant in so far as the violation of copyrights which Section 51 delineates and penalty that the Act imposes for such violations. The violations give rise to civil law remedies under Chapter XII of the Copyright Act through Section 53 to Section 62 and remedies through Criminal Courts by constituting the violations as offences under Chapter XIII through the provisions commencing from Section 63 to Section 70. Section 64 of the Copyright Act empowers the police to seize infringing copies and Section 66 empowers the Court to try any offence under the Act to direct that all copies of the work or of plays in the possession of the offenders to be delivered up to the owner of the copyright. Section 70 gives the power to a Judicial Magistrate Ist Class to try the offence under the Act. In the face of such express provisions, there can be no doubt that the petitioner-Company [PPL] shall be entitled to enforce the rights secured under the Act, both through civil law as well as by setting criminal law in motion. 12. .....The police machinery is bound to enforce the law......... for every copyright violation when public performer in any event (that would include a marriage ceremony) reproduces a sound recording without licence.... 13. .....The police is bound to act on legitimate complaints of copyright violations in the manner explained above....."

All licences granted and issued by PPL are non-exclusive, conditional and for limited purpose and period. There is no transfer of effective title, control, possession or custody or 'right to use' of copyrights, which vests solely with the owner.