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Bahamas steps up efforts on music copyright protection 

29 August 2013

PRS for Music is to step up its efforts on the protection of music rights in The Bahamas

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PRS for Music, the organisation that represents songwriters, composers and music publishers world-wide and administers the music licensing system in Bahamas is working with organisations in the country to extend the take-up of music licences.

Whilst many businesses using music in the Bahamas hold the relevant licence, ensuring those that created it receive the royalties they are rightfully due, there are some businesses that are unaware or have failed to obtain the correct licence. 

Bahamian and international songwriters and composers could be missing out on vital royalty payments that allow them to earn from their creative work, the organisation warns.

PRS for Music is to step up its efforts on the protection of music copyright to ensure those that create the music played and performed in the country are properly compensated. It has recently launched a marketing campaign contacting music users and broadcasters to discuss their licensing requirements. PRS for Music are also liaising with government departments, business leaders and other key stakeholders to raise awareness and discuss copyright issues.  

Karen Buse, International Director, PRS for Music said: “There are many businesses and organisations in the Bahamas that have always held the correct licence and it is only fair that we encourage others that want to use music, to do so as well.   The music scene in the Bahamas is at the heart of many businesses and it is vital we help protect that and encourage local grown talent by ensuring they can earn a living when their music is used.”

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About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to nearly 15m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn, PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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