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Am I right in thinking that even if you listen to the radio at work - not even CDs - you technically need a PRS license?
The radio broadcaster will have paid for a licence to broadcast to you as a private individual. However, if you play your radio in your place of work, and you might be conceivably be doing so to attract members of the public (e.g. you're playing the radio in a hairdresser's salon) then you need a PRS licence. I think the crucial difference is whether you are making commercial use of the broadcast.
am I right?
what if you work in a hairdressers and have CDs on? You have to have a PRS licence then?
how large your floorspace and your frequency/size of customer-base.
The old cornershop I used to work in paid £160pa for theirs, but I think somewhere like ASDA etc. pays around £600-1000 annually.
If you have the radio on in an office of nine or less then I'm sure that a PRS licence isn't required though, as you're not using the music in a commercial capacity.
so... you do need one. i think anyway. i'm trying to remember.
You are indeed wrong, as PRS/MCPS is paid for by the broadcaster in that case and by your logic it would imply that everyone who used a radio would have to buy a licence.
households are exempt. I assume personal stereos and car stereos are as well...
offices etc. home use is different.
and how do you mean prs/mcps are paid for by the broadcaster?
maybe i'm just getting confused with live licences.
same with pubs and jukeboxes
in public that plays music. anywhere. be it the radio, anything. the licence goes towards royalties for the artists.
and, you're meant to have them, they do send people round to check, but it's kinda like tv licences. well, if you're a business you should have one as you could get bollocked.
the radio is 'paying double' in those places?
I can understand ASDA and stores doing that (not really thought about it before) but it seems odd for a little hairdresser's of a corner shop to be required one actually.
Radio 4/5 is clearly the way to go!
i remember a scheme when i worked there to try and inform those shops that a licence was needed.
but a better way to think about it is that one is a licence for private use and the other is for public use, and the rates charged are different in the two cases.
just reading up on the mcps-prs and was getting a bit confused
I think that strictly speaking you need a PPL licence as well, although I could be misremembering that.