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Playing Music in Your Restaurant? What You Need to Know About Licensing to Avoid a Lawsuit

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Ilse Scott
Golden Gate Restaurant Association Blog
August 8, 2016

Ilse Scott's article, "Playing Music in Your Restaurant? What You Need to Know About Licensing to Avoid a Lawsuit," was published on the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Blog on August 8, 2016.

From the article...

"In the digital age, music is omnipresent and access is immediate. Restaurateurs often use music to draw in customers, and improve the dining experience. But along with the rise of online streaming, satellite radio and curated playlists comes the risk of copyright infringement – and the restaurant industry is an easy target for such claims.

Do I Really Need to Pay Money to Play Music In My Own Restaurant?

A restaurant generally must have a license in order to legally play music to the public, regardless of the method of play (which may include hosting a live band, streaming a playlist from an Internet music service, or even playing music that you bought and stored on your own iPod)."

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