The price of the sound of music
MDDUS brings clarity to price of listening to the music in dental practices
The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) has moved to clarify the situation around music being played in dental practices without the relevant licences.
Recent media reports had suggested that dental practices in the UK might be exempt from paying fees to collection agencies PRS for Music and PPL for playing music in waiting areas or consulting rooms. These reports cited a 2012 dispute in which the European Court of Justice ruled that dentist waiting rooms in Italy didn’t have to be licensed to play music. However, it was determined that the case was not applicable in UK law.
MDDUS head of dental division Aubrey Craig said: “Any business that plays recorded music in public is legally required to have relevant licences – and dental practices are no different.
“Regardless of whether the radio, cd, mp3 or other form of music is played, the licences need to be paid to protect the copyright of those who create, produce and publish the music or performances.”