Integral part of business
Real estate is no different to other industries in which music is an integral part of business.
Agents use music in offices, at social events and awards ceremonies, via telephone systems and in promotional videos.
It is important to ensure your agency has the correct licence in place, so you can continue to use the music for the benefit of your vendors, buyers and staff.
What is copyright?
Copyright protects the expression of an idea. It is granted to the creator of the idea and gives them exclusive rights to the use of the work. In Australia, copyright protection is automatic – work is protected once it is put in material form.
Who owns a piece of music?
The composer, lyricist, artist (performer) and recording company (or maker) can all own copyright.
Is it ok to use music if I am not making money from it?
No. You cannot use, copy or distribute music without the permission of the copyright owners.
What penalties could I face for copyright infringement?
The Copyright Act and Trade Marks Act outline severe penalties for copyright infringement. You may face injunction, be ordered to pay damages and even face imprisonment.
1. APRA AMCOS stands for the Australasian Performing Rights Association Limited and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited, respectively.
2. Using music as a backing track in promotional videos may not be covered by all licences and is subject to clearances direct with the music publisher. Please check with your provider.