New Delhi: State-owned Prasar Bharti on Thursday said it will move the court very soon to protect its exclusive rights to telecast cricket matches played in India, which was allegedly being violated by private TV channels.
Speaking on remixes, Mr Tandon said the draft recommends that prior permission would be mandatory for making such music. Apart from giving sufficient notice to the music owners on remixes, calculation of royalty needs to be reworked, he added. Also, as per the recommendations, a remix version would not be allowed unless the music is at least five-year-old. The copyright law and norms on remixes come under the human resource development (HRD) ministry.
Interestingly, participants at the Ficci conference, including Prasar Bharati CEO K S Sarma, took turns to highlight the copyright issue. In fact, over the years, while All India Radio has been paying royalty to music owners abroad, nothing was paid to those in India. From October this year, AIR decided to begin paying royalties to Indian music owners.
As for paying royalties to performers, theres no law in place yet. Awareness on royalty to performers is so low in India that even as $10 million was collected in France for paying royalties to Indian performers a few years ago, there were no claimants.