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The Copyright Act ::  Who need a Licence ::  How To Obtain A PPL Licence ::  Licence Categories

All those who play or communicate pre-recorded music (of our members) for non-private purposes or in public places or commercial establishments or non-commercial establishments be it acoustic or visual, whether by way of Gramophone Records, Music cassette or CDs or Radio or TV or Cable network or  in any other form / technology in must obtain prior licence from PPL. Some examples for the sake of illustration (non-exhaustive list): Broadcasting (radio, TV); Mobile telephony (caller ring-back tunes, track streaming, audio-cinema, WAP/IVR, etc) and Public Performance. Examples of such Establishments in Public Performance are

AC Restaurant
Aircraft
Airport Terminals
Amusement Parks
Art Galleries
Banks
Banquet Halls
Bars
Beauty Parlors
Bowling Alleys
Buses
Cafes
Casinos
Cinemas
Clinics
Clubs
Dance Centres
Discotheques
DJs
Exercise Classes
Exhibitions
Factories
Events
Guest Houses
Hospitals
Hotels
Magic Shows
Museums
Non-AC Restaurants
Nursing Homes
Offices
Pubs
Railway Stations
Railway Trains
Reception Areas
Shops
Spectator Sports
Swimming Pools
Telephone - Music On Hold
Theaters
(The above list is illustrative, and not exhaustive )

Important note: PPL's Licence does not absolve the licencee from having to obtain licence for under-lying musical works or literary works, if any, from the owners thereof or the performing rights copyright society (PRS) representing such owners.

Caution: Any Broadcasting or Performance of Copyrighted Music Recording without first having a licence from PPL, in respect of its works, constitutes an Infringement of Copyright under The Copyright Act of 1957. It is a Cognizible & Non-bailable offence which attracts heavy penalty which can extend upto a fine of Rs 2 lakhs and imprisonment of 3 years.