What is LOEL+?
LOEL+ simplifies licensing for Irish – focused music services with a straightforward annual fee. It is a joint IMRO/MCPSI blanket licence which provides full access to all IMRO and MCPSI members’ repertoire.
Choose The Right Licence For Your Service
Allows users to download permanent copies of tracks. Music download licences are also available for karaoke services.
Allows user to select individual tracks to listen to without keeping a permanent copy. Music on demand licences are also available for subscription and karaoke services.
Allows users to watch or listen to a music based webcast. They cannot select individual tracks to listen to, pause or fast forward the webcast. Webcast licences are
also available for subscription services.
Allows users to watch or listen to a music based webcast. They cannot select individual tracks to listen to but they can pause and fast forward the webcast. Interactive webcast licences are also available for subscription services.
Annual fees are based on the service’s level of projected activity, for example, the total number of downloads in a year. Please refer to the full table of fees over the page for more information.
You need to report the music used on your service at the end of each quarter. We use this information to distribute the licence fees you have paid to our members – songwriters, composers and music publishers.
You can avail of an LOEL+ licence if your Irish music service generates more than €7,000 but less than €200,000 in annual revenue.
Licences for smaller services
If your service generates less than €7,000 a year in gross revenue, you may find our Limited Online Exploitation Music Licence (LOEL) meets your requirements. See below for details.
Licences for larger services
If your service generates more than €200,000 a year, usage will be greater than the maximum allowance under LOEL+, or if your service will be operating across multiple territories, please contact for further information.
The MCPS mechanical right to make digital copies of music tracks. The IMRO making available/public performance right to make music available to the public over the internet and mobile devices.
What is LOEL?
The Limited Online Exploitation Licence (LOEL) covers the mechanical (MCPSI) and performing (IMRO) right in music used by online music services whose gross revenue is less than €7,000 per year. Under this scheme, applicants are required to report details of total levels of music usage, including the different types of use (eg: streaming, downloading) by the end of the clearance term.
Limited Online Exploitation Licence (LOEL) Explained
To apply you must complete the application form and return it to us. The application can be found here.
You are not cleared for the sound recording right under this scheme. Please contact Phonographic Performance Ireland Limited on 01 280 5977 or the relevant record company.
This covers the music usage across:
- Online radio
- Online/mobile TV or video
- Music content available for download or streaming
- Background music on a website
This is a joint licence and covers MCPSI (mechanical) and IMRO (performing) rights.
|Digital Starter (per annum)||Band A (per annum)||Band B (per annum)||Band C (per annum)|
|Limited Download/On Demand Streaming Service|
Users can stream specific tracks on an on demand basis, or access limited (aka ‘tethered’) downloads of tracks on demand.
|€75 + VAT< 22,500 streams per annum||€150 + VAT< 45,000 streams per annum||€300 + VAT< 90,000 streams per annum||€720 + VAT<225,000 streams per annum|
|Pure Webcasting Service continuous, programmed webcasts. Users cannot interact, e.g. pause, fast forward, skip tracks or influence output by rating tracks.||€75 + VAT< 82,500 streams per annum||€150 + VAT< 165,000 streams per annum||€300 + VAT< 330,000 streams per annum||€710 + VAT <900,000 streams per annum|
|Premium and Interactive Webcasting Service Users can interact e.g. skip tracks, pause, fast forward etc, but not select specific tracks on-demand.||€75 + VAT< 57,500 streams per annum||€150 + VAT< 115,000 streams per annum||€300 + VAT< 230,000 streams per annum||€690 + VAT <575,000 streams per annum|
|Permanent Download Service Users can download tracks on a permanent basis.||€75 + VAT< 1,250 downloads per annum||€150 +VAT< 2,500 downl oads per annum||€300 + VAT< 5,000 downloads per annum||€750 + VAT <12,500 downloads per annum|
|Music Podcasting Service||€75 + VAT< 34,000 downloaded works per annum||€150 + VAT <68,000 downloaded works per annum||€300 + VAT <136,000 downloaded works per annum||€750 + VAT <340,000 downloaded works per annum|
|Type of Service||Band AA||Band A||Band B||Band C|
|Clips Service||€75 + VAT 1-250 Clips made available at any one time||€150 + VAT 251-500 Clips made available at any one time||€300 + VAT 501-1000 Clips made available at any one time||€750 + VAT 1001-2,000 Clips made available at any one time|
- Application form sent to us
- Application processed
- Confirmation of licence sent
- Invoice sent for total amount/Direct debit set-up
- Payment sent
Under this scheme you are required to report details of the total levels of music usage, including the different types of use (e.g streaming, downloading), to us at the end of the clearance term.
The LOEL Scheme excludes:
- The use of sound recordings – applicants should contact Phonographic Performance Ireland Ltd (PPI) or the relevant record label.
- Use of music in advertising or sponsorship.
- Use of music as mobile ringtones.
- Simulcasting (broadcasting via more than one medium at the same time).
- Reproduction of lyrics and musical notation.
- Complete recordings of dramatico musical works (musicals, opera).
- Music used in a context that is prejudicial to the writer or the performer of the music.
- Moral rights.