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

How do you apply for the scheme?

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.

What music usage does this cover?

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
  • Podcasts

What are the rights covered under the agreement?

This is a joint licence and covers MCPSI (mechanical) and IMRO (performing) rights.

How much do you pay?

 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 ServiceBand AABand ABand BBand 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

How does the application and payment process work?

  1. Application form sent to us
  2. Application processed
  3. Confirmation of licence sent
  4. Invoice sent for total amount/Direct debit set-up
  5. Payment sent

How does the reporting process work?

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.

What does the scheme exclude?

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.

Further Information

View the summary of key terms and conditions or the full terms and conditions. You can contact the Broadcast & Online Licensing Team on or email

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