Stop Playing My Song! Music, Licensing, and the Loss of Control.

By virtue of their paying the standard licensing fees to the Performance Rights Organizations, broadcasters have the right to play whatever music they like from a PRO’s catalog. Same goes for the public appearances: as long as the organizers have cleared the necessary music licenses, which they likely have done if the venue doesn’t already have a blanket license, they can play whatever they want to. For major label artists who find themselves at odds with the use of their music in such situations, they can often cause enough of a PR stir that the folks in question are better off granting the request to cease and desist, even if there are no legal ramifications. Read more.