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Music (Copyright Fees)

Volume 897: debated on Monday 4 August 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether, in view of the statement in Command Paper No. 6151 that the Government recognise that if pay is restrained, prices must also be restrained, she will advise those exercising rights over copyright music that the restraint on prices includes fees charged for the public use of copyright music.

Fees charged by bodies licensing the public performance of copyright music are not subject to the Price Code but can be challenged under the Copyright Act 1956 through an application to the Performing Right Tribunal, which can revise any tariff of such a body which it considers unreasonable.