THE Fiji Performing Right Association Limited is calling on businesses to adhere to the Copyright Act 1999 and attain the proper licences to play music.
Chairman Eremasi Tamanisau said licences to play music were not just for radio stations, broadcasters and mobile companies but to all businesses that play music, either through a CD track or from the internet.
"This must be clear. It is not for the music that is played at home. Licences are needed for the music that is played in whatever form, from whatever source in their premises to help in day to day business," Mr Tamanisau said.
"We have got the reciprocal arrangement with the Burn Convention in which we administer all foreign work that is played in Fiji.
"Every country in the world has to follow this."
He explained businesses that play background music, under the Copyright Act 1999, have to pay a licence fee of $90.07 to get a Formal Rights Licence which is valid for a year.
Background music refers to various styles of music primarily intended to be passively listened to, not meant to be the main focus of an audience.
"If it is from a radio, CD or whatever form, as long as it is in a business environment, that licence fee has to be paid.
"If they do not adhere, it is an infringement of the Copyright Act and it can result in either criminal or civil proceedings."
He thanked the Suva Retailers Association for inviting his organisation to speak at their forum last Sunday, appreciating that they could explain businesses of their functions and responsibilities.
"This was a good opportunity to make them aware of their responsibilities to pay fees for any music that is played in their business premises."