Here are some Frequently Asked Questions, regarding playing music in a business.
Do I need to pay royalties if I play music, publicly, from my iPod?
If I stream my favourite local FM radio station, or online station from my computer, do I need to pay royalties?
Yes, you are required to pay tariffs to Socan and ReSound if you’re streaming any station for public play.
I just play youtube songs and playlists in my store, do I need to pay?
Yes, you’re still required to pay fees.
How much do I pay?
Each licensing society is different in how they calculate tariffs on public music use. Some have flat rates, and some are based on the size of the audience at your store/business.
Why is it cheaper for Playdio’s fees compared to if I pay them myself?
Simply put, the licensing bodies have a striation set up for us to remit tariff
payments on your behalf. With that, we can pay for 10,000 accounts at a time, which is less work for the
licensing organizations. We work in close relationship with all of these
societies, each month.
I bought my songs, why can’t I just use them?
You can use them, but you don’t own those songs for public use, according to the licensing bodies in Canada.
How do I know if my fees are being paid?
If you’re using a music service, it’s worth checking to ensure they’re being paid.
Is music licensing different for music, versus music videos?
Yes. The difference is marginal, but the licensing rates are slightly different for music videos. Playdio carries a different service contract with our licensing bodies for music videos.