FAQs

PPL has been assigned two exclusive rights by its member labels, they are related to the collection of fees on all “Public Performance” and “Radio Broadcasting” activities.

“Public Performance” refers to the playing of music and/or sound recordings on a public forum or premises by commercial and other establishments. This includes hotels, discos, pubs, shops, stores, malls, spas, hospitals, offices, amusement parks, or any form of transportation, to name a few. Playing recorded music at events, shows, parties, social functions, with or without DJs, also falls under the purview of Public Performance.

“Radio Broadcasting” is also considered a form of public communication. An alternative license is required from PPL to broadcast the sound recordings of its member labels via radio. This rule applies to all private, public, and community radio stations operating in India.

A background license applies to anyone who plays sound recordings on a daily basis, including but not limited to hotels, shops, malls, pubs, restaurants, and offices.

An event license applies to anyone who plays sound recordings for the purpose of a one-time occurrence, i.e. a particular event/party/get-together/show, etc. Examples of events that require PPL licenses are music concerts like Sunburn, corporate events, or personal celebrations like a birthday party in any commercial premises.

No. An annual background licenses are not applicable for events. Separate licenses have to be taken individually for each specific event.

No. If an instrumental piece of music forms a part of an original sound recording by a record label, then a license from PPL is required.

Any public performance of sound recordings belonging to PPL without a license constitutes a copyright infringement as per the section 51 of the Copyright Act, 1957. The Act holds liable not just the person who directly infringes the copyrighted sound recording, but also anyone who abets them. PPL is entitled to take a legal action against any individual and/or company who infringes and/or abets in the infringement of the copyright. We are also entitled to remedies by way of injunctions, damages, and accounts.

Copyright infringement being a cognizable and non-bailable offence attracts a heavy penalty, which can extend up to INR 2 Lakhs and 3 years’ imprisonment. The Police are also authorised to seize without warrant all infringing copies or devices through which the copyrighted sound recording is produced or communicated to the public.

Legally, the offense or inaction of others does not count as a legitimate defence for those accused of breaking the law. A right holder can always avail legal remedy against other infringers at any point.

Yes. PPL has the rights to thousands of regional songs from across India. This includes music in all major Indian languages including Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri,
Sanskrit, and others.

Not necessarily. As per the Copyright Act, 1956, the copyright to a sound recording subsists until 60 years from the beginning of the next calendar year in which it was published. This means that all songs which are less than 60 years old, i.e. after 1960 are covered by the law.

Yes. As per Sec.2 (ff) of the Copyright Act, 1957, communication to the public means making any work available for being seen or heard or otherwise enjoyed by the public directly or by any means of display or diffusion other than by issuing copies of such work regardless of whether any member of the public actually sees, hears or otherwise enjoys the work so made available. This means that regardless of the medium through which you play music, you will legally require a public performance license from PPL.

Yes. PPL holds the rights to 100% of international songs in India, including two of the world’s biggest record labels, i.e. Universal Music and Sony Music, in addition to their various sub-labels. Therefore, to play most international music publically, you will need a license from PPL.

Yes. Public performance does not have anything to do with volume of the music being played. If you are playing music at your commercial establishment or on a public forum, you will need a license from PPL.

There are numerous factors that determine the cost of a public performance license from PPL, these include but are not limited to venue capacity, business type, square feet area, time duration, etc. To know more please check our tariff section.

The public performance fees that PPL collects are divided amongst the various record labels that we represent i.e. the copyright holders of the sound recordings. The precise division of the revenue is conducted accordance with PPL’s own distribution methodology.

To get a license, contact the nearest facilitation centre or any of our executives and enter all the relevant information. A quotation will be shared along with a payment link or bank detail. You can make payment through the payment link/NEFT/RTGS/IMPS/DD/Cheque. No cash transactions are allowed.

Every PPL license has a unique QR code which can be scanned by a smartphone with apps such as Kaspersky’s QR Scanner or i-nigma. If it is authentic, the code will direct you to the original license on the PPL portal. You can then verify the license details online. To know more please check our sample license.

No. PPL and its executives do not accept cash. You may instead use a payment link or transfer via NEFT/RTGS/IMPS/DD/Cheque. If any person claiming to be a PPL executive insists on a cash payment, please reach out to us at [email protected] to file a formal complaint.

No. PPL does not have broadcasting rights for television. One has to directly contact the individual record labels for the same.

No. PPL does not have any music rights for digital mediums. For your apps/websites/anything online please connect the respective record label directly.

Yes. PPL has rights to issue licenses for radio broadcasting. For any further enquiries please write to [email protected]