Music Dubbing

Using digital music services, copying, reproducing, or recording music, requires the permission of music creators.

Many businesses need an additional OneMusic Dubbing Licence. This extra level of permission is required when making physical or digital copies of music or using digital music services.

When you:

  • Use a digital music service (e.g. Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Soundcloud, Netflix)
  • Reproduce, download or sync music on digital devices (e.g. iPod, Apple Media, GooglePlay)
  • Digitise, copy or transfer music to USB, other digital devices and/or CDs (including creating playlists in any format)
  • Listen to international radio or non-simulcast internet radio (e.g. iHeart Radio, Rova, BBC, webcasts, podcasts)

A OneMusic Dubbing Licence is required in addition to your OneMusic Background Music Licence.

I already pay for a digital music service, why do I need a OneMusic Dubbing Licence?

The OneMusic licence covers you for the use of our music in your business regardless of the source – whether it’s from radio, CDs, or a digital music service.

You should be aware that a OneMusic licence, even when it includes Music Dubbing only gives you permission to use our music in your business. It does not override the Terms of Use for the personal digital music service, nor does it give you permission to use that particular digital music service for a commercial purpose – that permission can only come from the owners of that digital music service.

Even with our licence, the use of digital music services by you in your business may be in breach of the terms and conditions of your end user agreement with that service. You should check with your service provider.

I already have a OneMusic licence, why do I need a Music Dubbing licence?

When you play music in a business you need permission to do so. Additional permission also applies when downloading, copying, or using a digital music service.

When applicable, every business is charged this extra fee annually per premises, and it is the same rate across all business types.

Under the Copyright Act (1994), these rights are distinct and have different treatments and restrictions:

  • Background Music covers music played in a non-domestic setting 'public performance' Section 16
  • Music Dubbing covers copying music; or caching music from the digital music service onto your device; outside of personal use Section 81A

What other ways can I play music in my business?

If you don’t download, copy, or use a digital music service in your business you do not need the additional OneMusic Dubbing Licence.

If you hold a OneMusic Background Music licence you can play music using:

  • New Zealand radio stations*
  • Original CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray
  • Television stations
  • Vinyl and tapes

A Background Music Supplier* might also be an option for your business. Find out more here

*Conditions apply.

Where does the money go?

When you hear about music royalties, that’s what we do.

Your OneMusic licence fee is distributed by APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, who are the companies behind OneMusic. Each organisation has a commitment to their music creators and their own distribution policies.

Every month over 330 million lines of music data is analysed from digital music services, background music suppliers, radio stations, television stations, live performers and more. After minimal administration costs all money collected is paid to our local and international music creators – songwriters, composers, publishers, recording artists and record labels.

Find out more from APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ.

What happens if I don't hold a licence?

To be fair to the businesses that hold a OneMusic Licence, and to the music creators who own the songs being played, OneMusic checks music use in all different types of business across New Zealand.

We provide those playing music with all the information they need and are happy to answer any questions.

If a business unfortunately refuses a Licence, even after many attempts by OneMusic to help them understand their legal obligations, we go down a legal route and may commence proceedings for copyright infringement under the Copyright Act (1994).

 

Want to know more? Read the full FAQs here, or call us on 0800 800 663 - we're here to help.