Copyrighted materials intended for commercial uses require a licence from MRSS. These materials include karaoke, music videos and recorded music that are owned or exclusively licensed to the record companies represented by MRSS.
Licences from MRSS allow operators to lawfully reproduce, store and exhibit copyrighted materials in public. Failure to apply for a licence or to renew an expired licence, is a violation and infringement of copyrights. In addition to being sued for civil liability, an infringer may be prosecuted for statutory offences under Section 136 of the Copyright Act of Singapore. For each infringement, the maximum fine is $20,000 or a maximum imprisonment term of 2 years.