Move To Strike The Right Note On Music Rights

New Delhi: | Updated: Nov 7 2003, 05:30am hrs
Rules for making remix music, a genre that we have got so used to, may change soon. This is among the recommendations being drafted on copyright laws by the Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS). Speaking to the media on the sidelines of a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) roundtable on protection of rights of broadcasters and performers, IPRS director general Sanjay Tandon said the draft was in the process of being finalised, and would be forwarded to the core group on amendment soon, before it goes to the cabinet committee.

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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.
They (private TV channels) have the right to show the footage for 30 seconds only, beyond that they have to pay us. Since our repeated requests to them didnT pay any heed, we have decided to go to the court in a day or two, Prasar Bharti chief executive officer, KS Sarma, said.

If the copyright law is changed, broadcasters or other commercial music users such as discos, clubs and radio stations, would need to pay 20 per cent of the retail selling price of the label to IPRS, up from the current 5 per cent. As per the current practice, IPRS deducts 15 per cent as its administrative cost, and divides the rest among music owners.

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.