If you want to play music at your business, you'll need to apply for the appropriate copyright licences.
All music, be it live performances or background music, CDs or music videos, karaoke or DJs, is the intellectual property of its creator/s, and is protected under Australian copyright laws. To comply with these laws, a business that wants to play any kind of music must have a licence from all of the copyright owners.
Generally, there are 2 kinds of copyright you'll need to cover:
- Copyright in the musical work. This covers the composition (that is, the notes and lyrics). You can get this licence online from APRA AMCOS.
- Copyright in the sound recording. This covers the recorded version, and is usually produced by an artist or their record company. You can get this licence online from PPCA.