Copying Music in Film or Video
Copying music videos or films to play or perform in the classroom or for extra-curricular activities.
Last updated 02 June 2020
For extra-curricular use or for use in lessons:
The PRS for Music Limited Manufacture (“LM”) licence grants the permission required for the repertoire they represent. If the music or recording is not controlled by PRS for Music you may require permission directly from the rights owners. PRS for Music do not control music that is out of copyright.
You will also need permission from the record company or record label to copy a music video, and permission from the film distributors to copy a feature.
Film soundtracks embody the ‘original musical works’; the right perform or play these works must be separately licensed by the copyright owner.
For transmission to others e.g. school intranet
You will need to obtain permission from the publisher (PRS for Music may be able to advise you of who to contact) in order to make the copy for such purpose. You will also need permission from the record company or record label to copy a music video, and permission from the film distributors to copy a feature film (see “Make copies of a digital resource I’ve found online: For extra-curricular use: Film). You may require additional licences to transmit these files from PRS for Music and PPL please contact them for further advice.