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In the EU and the rest of the world, you do need to pay a license fee to your local Copyright Collecting Society (e.g. GEMA, SACEM, KONA, STIM, etc.) to play legally background music in your business, and this even if you use a legal B2B music service like Soundsuit.

Businesses like cafés, restaurants or stores, when they pay fees to copyright collecting agencies such as PRS-PPL/GEMA/SACEM/etc., are authorised to play licensed music for a commercial purpose. But paying these copyright fees makes you – as a business owner – comply only 50% with the law. To comply 100%, you also need to use a B2B music service which is specifically licensed for commercial use. Such as Soundsuit.

 

More information about this topic in this article.

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