Copyright is a form of economic and moral protection provided by the legislation to the authors and their original works. Music copyright owners (musicians, composers, writers and producers) have exclusive rights to all exploitation of their own works. An individual’s work is placed under the copyright regulations as soon as it is created. There are a number of international agreements governing international copyright protection (such as Rome Convention, WCT - WIPO Copyright Treaty and WPPT - WIPO Performance and Producer Treaty).
Production music is usually composed in defined genres and styles to work in a production environment and traditional media (TV/film/radio etc). But it is also created to meet the needs of todays varying audio-visual media. Production music can therefore be used for almost everything, whereever the music is a natural part of the enjoyment and expression in private (non-commercial video presentations etc) or public spaces and places (public exhibitions/events, business presentations, advertising etc).
Public performance right
A copyright holder's right to control the public use of certain copyrighted works (among other things musical and audio visual works). (1) Performance in the same place as the audience/user group. (2) Performance transmitted to the audience/user group in another place or access to the transmitted work independently of time and place (on-demand services). Technology-independent, transmitted wirelessly or with cable. Examples: (1) concerts, dance and entertainment venues, hotels, restaurants, discos, shops; (2) radio, TV, internet, computer software.