Okay, so we all know about copyright laws and how you may not distribute another artist(s) work or part of their work to the general public because it is under copyright and you cannot claim legal ownership. Even if you acknowledge the artist, you can still be breaking the law.
However, it has come to my attention that many shows, especially in Australia, use songs from another artist as they are entering a break. I don't see any reference to the song or artist anywhere and I wonder, do they have priority over the general public in terms of distributing music? Have they received consent from the record label companies? I find it quite absurd.
So is it a legal loophole or are they entitled to use the music or sections of it?