Examples of Illegal Activity for non-licensed music

Examples of Illegal Activity for non-licensed music

Here are a few examples when music is played in a business that would be considered an illegal act and is subject to copyright law.

Playing music in the lobby: Playing music in a lobby that reflects your brand is a smart way to help your customers understand your business model. But the music you play here is considered a public performance if that music originates from a record, tape, CD, or standard streaming service. When you buy a piece of music or sign up for a personal streaming account, copyright protections don't extend to business use.

Playing music for patrons of your restaurant:  Business music is a great means to enhance the dining experience. But again, if the tune originates from a private music purchase, you are not protected. According to the National Restaurant Association, you can play the radio in your restaurant if the facility is smaller than 3,750 square feet or if the facility is larger than 3,750 square feet but meets specific exemptions concerning the number of loudspeakers and cover charges.

Playing music in your gym:  If you play music into your main gym space or you use music to help people move through a specific exercise class, you will need to secure the rights to the songs.

Playing music in your salon: Playing music in shared spaces, such as saunas and the lobby, you are holding a public performance and breaking the law if you don't have an agreement that covers your use of music.