Many businesses use background music supplied by professional companies that are specialised in the field of music selection, however some choose to make reproductions of music from their CDs and digital collections for use in their business.  Copying a private collection onto digital music players and CDs requires the permission of the copyright owners.

The fair dealing provisions for copying music and format shifting in the Copyright Act does not extend to commercial use and for this reason a licence is required from the relevant copyright owners.  Copying music for use in business is administered by OneMusic, a joint initiative between APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ that administers the public performance and limited copying of music. For more information regarding OneMusic and the OneMusic dubbing licence click here.


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