What is a Performing Rights Organization?

Performing rights organizations are businesses designed to represent songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public.  By securing a license from one of them, for example, music users (i.e. television and radio stations, auditoriums, restaurants, hotels , theme parks, malls, etc.) can legally play any song in repertory.  Without a license from a performing rights organization, music users are in danger of copyright infringement.