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BGM Licensing 101:
What Businesses Need to Know About Music Rights

Background music (BGM) can be a powerful tool for enhancing your business's atmosphere, but it's essential to understand the legal aspects of using music in a commercial setting. In this article, we'll cover the basics of BGM licensing and what businesses need to know about music rights.

Why Licensing Matters

Music is protected by copyright, which means that the creators of songs have exclusive rights to control how their music is used. When you play music in your business, you are essentially using someone else's creative work, and this requires proper licensing.

Types of Licenses

There are different types of licenses available depending on how you plan to use BGM in your business:

  • Performance Rights Organizations (PROs) Licenses

    These licenses cover the public performance of music in your establishment. Organizations like USEA Global represent songwriters and publishers and collect royalties on their behalf.

  • Sound Recording Licenses

    These licenses cover the use of specific recorded versions of songs. You may need licenses from both PROs and record labels to legally play music.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

Playing music without the necessary licenses can lead to legal consequences, including fines and legal actions. It's crucial to be aware of your legal obligations and ensure compliance.

Getting the Right License

To obtain the right licenses for your business, you can reach out to USEA for consultation. We will help you understand your specific needs and guide you through the licensing process.

Streaming Services and BGM

Using consumer streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music in your business generally are prohibited, as these services are intended for personal use and may not cover commercial use.

Navigating BGM Licensing for Business Success

In conclusion, while background music can significantly enhance your business, it's essential to navigate the world of BGM licensing to ensure you comply with copyright laws and avoid legal issues. Being informed and obtaining the necessary licenses will allow you to enjoy the benefits of BGM without legal concerns.

Feel free to reach out to our team for expert business advice.

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