Composer and trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, Teosto member since 2002. Photo by Juha Törmälä.
If music is part of your business, then you will need a licence from the original authors of the music.
Without Teosto, you would have to request for a permission to use the music and negotiate the price of the music with each individual music author separately.
Teosto has different music usage licences with different prices for different music usage needs. The amount of compensation to be paid for using music, i.e. the price of Teosto's licence, depends on the significance of the music to the business operations of its user: the compensation is smaller if you are playing the music as background music and larger if the music has a significant role in your business operations.
Most music usage licences are agreements that are valid until further notice. The agreement’s period of notice is usually one month.
If you need a licence for an event (live or dj gig, concert, festival or other event where you play music), please contanct Teosto customer service to obtain one.
If you need a licence for playing background music in business premises (hair dresser, beauty parlor, shop, restaurant, café, taxi etc.), please go to www.musiikkiluvat.fi.
Information on performance licences of recorded music, please visit the Gramex website.
For recording licences (such as CDs), visual recordings (such as television shows, movies and DVDs) and advertisements, visit Nordisk Copyright Bureau NCB.
RIGHTHOLDERS GRANTING THE RIGHTS
Teosto rightholders (composers, lyricists and publishers) may also personally grant the use rights for their music in an individual use instance. Such instances include individual concerts, television shows or other performances.
When a rightholder grants use rights for their music in a certain instance, they shall agree on the use compensation for the work with the party using the music and invoice said party accordingly. The granting of use rights for works also covers performing, mechanical reproduction and/or synchronisation rights or some of these rights. Once a rightholder personally grants use rights for their music, Teosto or NCB shall not license the use of the music or collect or distribute any royalties for the rights under self-administration to the rightholders.
Use rights may only be granted if all the composers, lyricists and publishers of the work in question agree to it. Written confirmation of all rightholders’ consent is required by Teosto. Even if no notification of a work has been given, this does not automatically mean that the work is outside of Teosto’s mandate.
The granting of use rights is only available to rightholders who are Teosto members. Use rights cannot be granted for works whose rightholders include authors or publishers who are members of other copyright organisations, unless the membership agreements of these organisations also allow the granting of use rights for individual works.
Use rights granted for individual instances remain valid for a pre-determined period of time. For all other intents and purposes, the works shall remain under Teosto’s administration.