The British government is launching a new consultation in respect of certain copyright exemptions applied to not-for-profit organizations and charitable group for the performance of recorded music in public.

The Government says it is aware that certain exemptions in the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 might not strike the right balance between the interests of music rights holders and users.

The sections under scrutiny allow those organizations to play sound recordings without being required to play a license fee.

In a statement issued today, a spokesman for U.K. rights society PPL said, "PPL welcomes the government's new consultation in respect of certain copyright exemptions which apply to playing recorded music in public," comments a PPL spokesman. We will respond in full and are very willing to take part in any discussions the IP Office might want to have around these proposed changes."

The Music Licensing Copyright Exemptions consultation launched Monday, July 1 and closes on Oct. 31.