FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
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01. What copyrights do I need to be aware of when I want to play music or video in my venue?
The law stipulates that with playing music or showing video in public places, so outside a private setting, the permission of the composer, author, music publisher, record company and the artist must be obtained. These copyright holders are in most cases connected to copyright organizations that can grant you permission on their behalf. The following organizations are of interest to you:
Buma (Composers, authors, music publishers)
Sabam (Composers, authors, music publishers)
SENA (Record companies, performers)
Videma (Broadcasters, film and video distributors, film and television producers)
02. Where can I find what music rights I must pay?
You can contact one of the organizations listed under 01., or make a calculation on the website: www.mijnlicentie.nl
03. Does a background music provider also pay music rights?
The ABMD members are responsible for the payment of music rights for the reproduction and distribution of music and video programs. They have signed agreements with rights organizations and individual repertoire owners and pay these monthly fees to the rights organizations. As a customer, you are responsible to secure the licenses for public performance of music and / or displaying video clips or other material (see question 1) yourselves.
04. How do I know if a company that offers me background music settles their music rights?
Unfortunately, there are always providers active in the market which do not honor music rights. They offer music systems at subscription rates that are usually much lower than the subscription rates used by the legitimate suppliers of background music. That makes sense, because these providers often don’t pay any rights at all or only partly. Do you want to make sure that you do business with a legitimate provider? First check the ABMD list of members on this site before you sign any agreement with a supplier. By doing business with an ABMD member you are assured that the music rights fees are properly settled. On the websites of Buma / Stemra (Netherlands) and SABAM (Belgium) You can also find suppliers who are not members of the ABMD, but do have a background music license agreement with Buma / Stemra or SABAM.
05. May I use consumer online music services such as Spotify, Deezer or other streaming services in my venue?
The answer is ‘NO’. These providers have obtained a license from rights organizations and master owners for offering music streams for private use only. Commercial use is not allowed. Public places such as shops, restaurants, cafes, movie theaters or businesses, may not make use of these consumer streaming services.