Global Study Finds Businesses Unknowingly Breaching Copyright Law with Background Music

Nielsen Music has released a global study of the background music business and found that composers, artists and musicians could be missing out on an estimated $2.65 billion a year, Forbes reports. Many small businesses are streaming personal music without obtaining a commercial license, violating copyright laws. The study found that 71 percent of small business owners in the U.S. incorrectly believed they could use their personal (B2C) music service for background music. In reality, they need a licensed business-to-business (B2B) music service. Although there are some organizations that do store visits, the story points out, there are too many small businesses for these organizations to effectively regulate their background music use.   

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