Licensing

licensing

Why can’t I use my favorite song in my on hold message?

When you buy an album on iTunes or from your local music store, you are free to use it for your personal enjoyment. However, the moment you use that music in the context of your business, you need to obtain permission from the copyright owners.

The reality is: songwriters don’t just make money from selling their album. In fact, most of their compensation comes from public performances and licensing their songs for commercials, movies, etc. Copyright laws exist to protect songwriters and their work from being used without their permission and without compensation.

So what does this mean for you? If you play a song on hold, without permission and proper licensing, your business could be in violation of copyright infringement laws and subject to some serious fines. Even if you decide not to work with us, we want you to be aware of the potential consequences of copyright infringement. Beware of companies that allow you to provide your own music or don’t provide written proof their music is licensed.

Business Audio Source has invested in a large library of licensed music. We pay for licensing, including broadcast rights and synchronization rights on behalf of our clients.


If you’d like to learn more about licensing music for business, here are some informative links:

ASACP The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
BMI Broadcast Music, Inc.
SESAC The company name was once an acronym, today it is simply SESAC.
BBB Better Business Bureau
USCO United States Copyright Office