Who is PPI?

Phonographic Performance Ireland Ltd (PPI) was established by the Irish record industry in 1968 to act as a central administrator of record company rights in the public performance, broadcasting and reproduction of their recordings. PPI also collects royalties on behalf of performers.

Who does PPI represent?

PPI is owned by its members, Irish and multinational record companies and membership is open to all record companies, big and small. Record companies have the right to be paid whenever their recordings (CDs, tapes, digital files etc.) are played in public, or are broadcast. Performers have a right to be paid when sound recordings to which they have contributed are played in public or are broadcast. All of PPI’s income (less administration costs) is distributed every year to its members and to performers signed to record companies. Visit for more information.

When do you need a PPI licence?

You need a PPI licence whenever copyright recorded music is publicly performed, whether by CD, radio, TV, satellite, PC, digital file player or any other means. “Public” means anywhere outside the family circle.

PPI Terms & Conditions: “The Small Print”

  1. PPI’s licensing year runs from the 1st January to 31st December and invoices are generally raised for the 12 months of the calendar year.

  2. Licences for less than a calendar year are available in certain circumstances, subject to the applicable minimum fee, e.g. once-off events, business start-ups, starting to use copyright music for the first time. Please contact PPI if you require more information.

  3. If the period for which a licence is required starts in one calendar year and finishes in another, a licence for each calendar year is required. This is because PPI tariffs are adjusted annually in line with the Consumer Price Index on the 1st January.

  4. The CPI figure used to adjust PPI tariffs on the 1st January is that which is published annually by the Central Statistics Office ( for the 12 months to the previous mid-October.

  5. Licence fees cannot be reduced below the minimum fee. The minimum fee is equivalent to the total cost to PPI of issuing a licence and therefore the lowest amount chargeable.

  6. If you don’t use copyright music in your business but would like to entertain your customers and staff during the Christmas season, PPI will give you a licence for the months of November and December at ¼ of the applicable annual licence fee or the minimum fee, whichever is greater. Contact us for details.

  7. If you stop using copyright music for any reason, you must notify PPI in writing to PPI, FREEPOST, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin or by email to In such circumstances, PPI may, at its sole discretion, apply a pro-rata reduction to the amount due or refund a portion of licence fees paid, subject always to the minimum fee. Failure to notify PPI within a reasonable time but in any event before the end of the relevant calendar year will result in no pro-rata adjustment.

  8. PPI works on a “cash-receipts” basis. This means that we first raise a pro-forma invoice which sets out the licence fee payable. This is not a VAT invoice. Once payment is received, you will be sent a VAT invoice. PPI has received approval from Revenue for this practice. Your VAT invoice marked “paid” is evidence of your PPI licence.

  9. The criteria upon which your licence fee is based are printed on the face of your invoice. Please check to make sure they are correct. If you are in any doubt, please contact PPI. Paying the invoice amount indicates that you confirm the accuracy of your licensing criteria.

  10. PPI cannot refund licence fees paid in previous licensing years.

  11. PPI can only amend invoicing details during the calendar year in which the event giving rise to a requirement to amend an account arose. In other words, if you only tell us today that you stopped using copyright music 3 years ago, you will still be liable for paying all license fees outstanding, with a pro-rata adjustment to this year’s licence fee.

  12. If you would like to spread your payments over a period of months, PPI is happy to help and we don’t charge you any interest or administration fees. Contact us for details of our monthly standing order arrangements.

  13. We also accept credit and debit card payments. Contact us by phone to make a payment or visit to pay online.

  14. When you pay your licence fee, we send you a window sticker. Displaying your window sticker is not required but it will help our inspectors identify unlicensed businesses. PPI carries out random inspections throughout the country.

  15. If you don’t pay your licence fee, you will be liable to legal action for breach of copyright. PPI will seek to recover any unpaid licence fees and the costs we have to incur in taking you to court.

  16. If you disagree with the amount you are being charged, or any other condition of the licence, and PPI cannot resolve the matter to your satisfaction, you are entitled to refer to the Controller of Patents, Designs and Trademarks for adjudication. There are some requirements you must fulfil as part of the referral process but once you make a valid reference to the Controller, you are protected from copyright infringement proceedings until the reference is concluded. You can contact the Controller at Government Buildings, Hebron Road, Kilkenny or

  17. PPI is registered as a copyright licensing body with the Controller, as required under copyright legislation. Every year, as part of our registration requirements, our tariffs are lodged with the Controller and are displayed on the Controller’s website.

  18. You can view all our tariffs and get more information about who we are, what we do and who we represent by visiting

  19. Please note that your PPI licence only covers you to play recorded music in public. It does not allow you to make copies of recordings (e.g. ripping tracks from CDs). If you use a music supply service, make sure the service is licensed by PPI to copy recorded music.

  20. You may also need to have a licence from IMRO, the organisation representing the composers and publishers of music: