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
Licence for Communication to public, Public Performance of Music recordings is
Subject to the Copyright Act of 1957, it is mandatory for all those who play
Pre-recorded music in the form of Gramophone Records, Music cassettes or CDs or
Radio or TV or Audio-visual etc. for non-private purpose or in public places
and/or commercial establishments and/or non-commercial establishments, to take
prior licence from Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL). in respect of the
repertoire its music labels. PPL owns and/or exclusively controls public
performance rights in repertoire of many reputed music labels, encompassing all
major Indian languages, including Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil,
Marathi, Gujarathi, Malayalam, Bhojpuri, etc. (both film and non-film music like
devotional/spiritual, Ghazals, Classical, folk, Indi-pop, etc) and
English/International songs. Consequently, any communication or performance of
Indian or International music from Sound Recordings of PPL for non-Private
purposes or in Public Places or Commercial Establishments such as Hotels,
Restaurants, Cinema Halls, Discotheques etc, or non-commercial establishments
such as campus without first having obtained a Licence from PPL, constitutes an
Infringement of copyright under
The Copyright Act of 1957. Such violation of copyright is Cognizable &
Non-bailable offence, attracting heavy Penalties.
The value of music is indisputable. Music is everywhere around us: on radio and
television, in films, bars, clubs, discotheques, gyms, restaurants, hotels,
offices, shopping malls, concerts, fetes, festivals, airplanes and taxis.
Recordings of music are manufactured, sold, and distributed on a large scale.
Music is an important facet of modern life.
Telecom Related Licences - For Ring-back Tones, Music
Messaging, IVRS, Mobile audio streaming and ‘audio cinema’, Mobile embedded /
pre-loaded and other Telecom value added services involving the usage of
sound-recordings (in whole or in part).
Radio Licence - All Private FM and Government owned Radio
Stations; community radio stations.
Public Performance (Background music) Licence of sound-recordings in
public (i.e. excluding domestic home and private vehicle), in the background. A
licence taken for "Background music" does not entitle the licencee to exploit
the licensed sound-recordings in an event or show or concert or stage or
dance-floor, etc., for which a separate/additional "Events" licence is required
to be taken (see below).
A specimen template of the 'background' licence for public performance is posted
PPL Public Performane Background licence (front page)
PPL Public Performane Background licence (back page)
Public Performance (Events) Licence/strong> - Playing of
sound-recordings in an event or show or concert or stage or dance-floor, etc.
where performers perform on stage or a designated area. Explanation:- A hotel or
a shopping mall which has obtained a mere "background music" licence needs to
obtain separate licence for its discotheque, restaurant, lounge bar, spa/health
club A hotel or shopping mall or banquet-hall or discotheque or ball-room which
has obtained a mere "background music" licence needs to obtain separate licence
for any Event (including shows, promotions, DJ parties, fashion shows etc.) held
in its premises.
Public Performance (Storage) Licence - Temporary Storage, embodiment, transfer etc of
sound-recordings. Eg storage of songs by DJs on DJ systems; storage on computer
servers by aggregators, for onward transmission etc.
List Of Public Performance Licence Categories
For Public Performance Licence, please contact the
Listing of sound recordings (songs) assigned by its member music labels to PPL,
for "public performance" licensing: Indian repertoire: (sorted in alphabetical
order of Album title)(E&OE)
Listing of sound recordings (songs) assigned by its member music label Sony
Music & Universal Music/Polygram/Polydor to PPL, for "public performance"
licensing: International repertoire: (sorted in alphabetical order of Album