PPL receives information on recorded music played by TV and radio broadcasters, music suppliers, UK businesses and other music licensing organisations from across the world.
From the information gathered, PPL matches the recorded music played against the PPL Repertoire Database, which contains information about millions of commercially released recordings.
A royalty amount is allocated to a single recording in the PPL Repertoire Database depending on how often it has been played in public or broadcast. The amount paid is affected by a range of factors, such as by what radio station or TV channel the recording has been played on, the amount of airplay it has received and the size of the audience who heard it.
In most instances, the total royalty amount for a single recording is divided between the rightholders and the eligible performers according to PPL distribution rules. The split is typically 50-50.
In most instances, performer royalties are divided between the performers listed on a single recording, either based upon their contribution to that recording or as agreed privately.
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PPL’s Distribution Rules are available online.
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