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Music Streaming Licence 

PRS for Music has concluded its review of licensing terms for UK online music streaming and webcasting services currently licensed under the Online Music Licence (OML). The OML is PRS for Music’s licensing scheme for online streaming and webcasting services operating solely in the UK and with annual revenues over £200,000.

Music Streaming Licence – information for licensees

In February 2014, PRS for Music began a consultation with UK licensees who would potentially be affected by proposed increases to the royalty rates payable under the OML. PRS for Music also consulted with its members. Having considered responses from licensees and the views of its members, PRS for Music has decided that at the current time it will no longer operate the OML scheme for UK only online music streaming and webcasting services with revenues over £200,000.

This means that the royalty rates set out in the OML for streaming and webcasting services are no longer the royalty rates applied by PRS for Music. Services with annual revenues of less than £200,000 will continue to be licensed under the Limited Online Music Licence (LOML) and LOML+ licensing schemes. Permanent download services will continue to be licensed under the Music Download Licensing Scheme. Streaming and webcasting services with annual revenues over £200,000 requiring a music licence should contact the Online Licensing Team on +44 (0)20 3741 4500 or onlinelicensing@prsformusic.com.

Reasons for withdrawing the OML licensing scheme for streaming and webcasting services include:

  • The number of services that would potentially fall within the criteria of the scheme is very small.
  • Those services that would fall within the criteria of the scheme differ in terms of their business models and user functionality to such a degree as to make it difficult to create a uniform set of commercial terms and conditions which would work for each service.
  • New business models are regularly emerging which may require a more bespoke approach to licensing.
  • Most streaming and webcasting services that do not fall within the scope of the LOML and LOML+ licensing schemes require multi-territory licences and separate licensing from direct pan-European licensors.

PRS for Music will continue to assess the UK streaming and webcasting market and may decide in the future that it is appropriate to publish a licensing scheme for these services. However, for the time being licence terms will be discussed on a case by case basis with licensees.

How do you apply for a licence?

Complete the application form below or call the Online Licensing Team on +44 (0)20 3741 4500 to discuss your requirements. You will have to provide details about your service and return a hard copy of the application form to us.

Download the application form

PRS for Music repertoire may vary from time to time and from licence to licence.

Contact us

If you have any further questions, or are unsure of what your licensing requirements are, please do not hesitate to contact the Online Licensing Team to discuss your requirements on +44 (0)20 3741 4500 or onlinelicensing@prsformusic.com

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