Licence to Webcast Music - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to broadcast protected sound recordings or music videos online (called webcasting). There are three types of webcasting licences:

  • non-interactive streaming licence
  • semi-interactive streaming licence
  • background music on websites licence.

A non-interactive streaming licence covers webcasters who offer audio streaming services that don't have any interactive features such as a 'stop', 'play' or 'skip' button. A semi-interactive streaming licence allows a limited number of interactive features, such as the ability to 'pause' or 'skip' a sound recording, but does not allow the ability to choose specific songs. A background music licence allows a website to use ten to fifteen sound recordings on a randomised loop. These sound recordings must not be synchronised with any content on the website.

This licence covers the sound recording only. Please note that depending on the nature of your activities you may also be required to hold a licence with APRA. It is recommended that you discuss your licensing needs with both Agencies prior to applying.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on eligibility criteria.


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Act(s) name

Copyright Act 1968 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Copyright Regulations 2017 Australian Government

Administering agency

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd

Contact details

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