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 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation the company ensures creators are paid whenever their music and songs are played, performed, broadcast or reproduced in public and provides business and community groups with access to 22.2 million songs through its music licences. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.
In 2016, the organisation collected over half a billion pounds (£621.5m) on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.