PRS for Music statement regarding the ruling on ITV vs. TVCatchup Ltd.

PRS for Music statement regarding the European Court of Justice ruling on ITV vs. TVCatchup Ltd.

PRS for Music welcomes the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in relation to ITV Broadcasting Ltd vs. TVCatchup Ltd. It is a good decision for broadcasters but also all parties involved in the creative value chain, especially the music creators whose works are included in programmes. The value and long term sustainability of our culture is undermined if unlicensed services compete unfairly against those who invest in creative people and productions.

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.