Webcast Licensing

Webcasting involves two exclusive rights of copyright owners: the reproduction of the sound recording for the purpose of creating the webcast program and the communication of those sound recordings over the internet.  The PPCA webcasting licence covers both these activities.  The blanket webcasting licences apply to sound recordings controlled by PPCA's licensors.

Types of Webcasting Licences 

Non-interactive Streaming Licence

This licence is for webcasters who offer users a non-interactive audio streaming service, e.g. an "internet radio" service. Non-interactive streaming excludes elements which permit users to control what content is played or when the content is played, e.g. it excludes the ability to pause, fast forward or skip content. 


Non-Interactive Streaming Licences are available to webcasters based in Australia with users who are also based in Australia and/or the territories listed in the Territories Schedule.

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Interactive Streaming Licence

This licence is for audio webcasting services where users can control the content that is played by selecting particular genres, expressing preferences for particular artists, or pausing or fast forwarding the content. The licence does not allow users to select a particular track, as part of an “on-demand” service. If you wish to offer “on-demand” webcasting services, you will need to seek a licence directly from the copyright holders.

Interactive Streaming Licences are available to webcasters based in Australia, with users who are also based in Australia and/or the territories listed in the Territories Schedule.

Background Music on Websites Licence

If you want to use sound recordings as background music on your website, PPCA can offer a licence which permits you to use between 10 to 15 sound recordings from different artists on a random loop on your website. Please note that this licence does not allow you to synchronise sound recordings with any videos that you may upload to your website or to associate any particular sound recording with any particular webpage. 

How Do I Apply for a Webcasting Licence?

To apply for a webcasting licence, or to change any of your licence details or have it re-assessed, please fill out and return this Webcasting Application Form.

If you have questions about any of PPCA's Webcasting Licences, please email your query to business.affairs@ppca.com.au including the following details:

  • the type of Webcasting Licence you are enquiring about (i.e Non-Interactive Streaming Licence, Interactive Streaming Licence or a Background Music on Websites Licence);
  • a description of your proposed service; and
  • if you intend to derive any revenue from your proposed service. 

Digital Licence for Broadcasters

If you are a radio or television broadcaster, PPCA has a range of digital licences.  The licences are available to broadcasters based in Australia who hold a valid PPCA broadcast licence, and who wish to communicate their programs to online users.

Our digital licences include:

  • For radio broadcasters: an Online Simulcasting Licence, which allows you to simulcast radio broadcasts, as long as there is no delay, alteration or additions to the broadcasts. PPCA has a new simulcasting licence scheme for commercial radio broadcasters that came into operation on 2 October 2013 and which takes effect from 1 October 2013.
  • For television broadcasters: an Audio Visual Streaming Licence, which allows you to stream sound recordings that are included in television programs previously broadcast by you, e.g. "catch-up" tv.
  • For radio and television broadcasters: Podcasting/Vodcasting Licences, which allow you to offer podcasts or vodcasts of programs previously broadcast by you, for a period of 7 days following the date you make the podcast or vodcast available to users.

Audio Visual Streaming Licences and Podcastng/Vodcasting Licences are available to Australian broadcasters, with users who are also based in Australia and/or the territories listed in the Territories Schedule.

The blanket licences apply to sound recordings controlled by PPCA licensors. See a current list of licensors and their labels which are covered by the PPCA blanket licence. 

How Do I Apply for a Digital Licence?

Please email business.affairs@ppca.com.au.