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hi i owen a small pub in nsw country, apra has cent me a bill,

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hi i owen a small pub in nsw country, apra has cent me a bill, they say you have to pay for free to air tv and radio.
i dont make any money from music,we dont have a dukbox, we watch the foot ball the cricket and just about any sports on tv the radio we lisen to and it mainly tork back, why done you have to paid for that.

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I'd be happy to answer your question. While you do not have to pay for free TV or radio for personal use, when you use it in a commercial setting, such as a bar, you are technically liable to pay a license fee for the broadcast. That is because the right to broadcast, i.e., play the music at your bar, requires payment to the artists and music producers. These payments are collected by APRA and are distributed to the artists accordingly.

What's more, if you refuse to pay, then you could be sued for copyright infringement, which will end up costing you a whole lot more than if you paid the license fee requested by APRA.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

zdn thanks for your reply

i understand about playing the music, but arnt the artis get paid from the tv and radio station broadcasting,licence arnt they double dipping.

also poeple playing music would not make money if there music wasnot played on tv or radio this is how poeple are famous in fact artis should be paying tv and radio.

when it come to tv i am not interested in watching music, only sports and the news

also then a show is produced and they play music on it, the produces pay the arts for using there music.

i have no problem paying for music if i was making money out it.

we also live in the country and we use tv and radio for emergences broadcasting.



Broadcast licensing fees are also due on TV. I know that it does not seem fair because its free TV and radio, but when it is used by a commercial establishment there are broadcast licensing fees due pursuant to the Copyright Act.

All TV programming in Australia including free-to-air and subscription services (i.e. Foxtel, Austar, Sky, ABC, SBS, 7, 9, 10 etc.) contains copyright music. If your business uses a TV to play television broadcasts or DVD’s then you are authorising any music contained in the programming to be performed in your business. Businesses need not account to APRA for screens used only for TABtext, Keno or internal advertising where there is no sound apparent ,as there is inherently no public performance of music occurring. If your TV is used for anything outside of the examples given please contact your local Licensing Representative to discuss further whether an APRA|AMCOS licence is applicable.
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