Changes to the laws that came into place on 6 April will affect many pubs, bars and restaurants which require a licence to play music on their premises by making their legal rights easier to understand.
Operators have to go to collecting societies to obtain their licences, and the changes ensure that these collecting societies are being held to minimum standards of transparency and behaviour. A formal complaints procedure has also been established, so that bars and restaurants that are having issues with the collecting societies can have them dealt with swiftly. The changes offer statutory support to the current system of self-regulation.
Intellectual Property Minister Lord Younger said: "Any efforts that support self-regulation should be welcomed and I am pleased to see the progress that collecting societies have made in agreeing minimum standards and setting their own Codes of Practice.
“The additional backstop power that has come into force today is there to make sure those standards are met and to give businesses the certainty and clarity that they need."