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The last week of 2019 saw some action from the Government’s end on an otherwise neglected sector. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry through Department for promotion of Industry and Internal Trade vide its notice dated December 24, 2019 called for a meeting in Delhi on December 27, 2019. The invitees...
The DPIIT under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce & Industry has granted certificate of registration to Recorded Music Performance Limited (RMPL) under Section 33(3) of the Copyright Act, 1957 and permitted it to commence and carry on the copyright business in sound recording works. Read certificate here. As covered...
In the writ petitions filed by Phonographic Performance Limited for setting aside (i) the order dated 25 May 2021 passed by the Government rejecting the application filed by PPL for re-registration as a copyright society and (ii) certificate of registration dated 18 June 2021 granted to Recorded Music Performance...
The Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) has filed a suit in the Bombay High Court against Ushodaya Enterprises Pvt. Ltd which runs the radio channel Eenadu FM/ EFM. The order dated December 9, 2019 states that the Interim Application is made in a Commercial IP Suit based on the rights,...
(This post has been co-authored by Harshil Dureja and Anushree Rauta) Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) (petitioner) is a collective rights organization licensing its members’ sound recordings for communication to public in the areas of public performance and radio broadcast. PPL owns and/or controls the Public Performance rights of some of...
In an appeal filed by IPRS before Delhi High Court against the single bench decision passed by Justice Endlaw  on January 4, 2021, the division bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Asha Menon on January 14, 2021 issued notice and held that until further orders, the single bench decision...
The Copyright Office vide its public notice dated November 27, 2020 has invited for objections/ comments, if any from public/ stakeholders, in respect of application filed by Screenwriters Rights Association of India (SRAI) for registration as a copyright society under Section 33 of the Copyright Act in literary and...
In a very interesting precedent from the Madras High Court, M/s Novex Communications Pvt. Ltd., a company which sometimes acts as an “agent” and sometimes “owner” of the right to “on ground performances” of the catalogues of several music labels (contracts available on its website here), has lost its...
The Copyright Office vide public notice dated October 27, 2021, notified that the All India Film Chamber of Commerce (AIFCC) has filed an application for registration as a copyright society under Section 33 of the Copyright Act, 1957 for carrying out business of issuing or granting license in respect...
Delhi High Court vide its order dated April 11, 2022 granted relief to both RMPL and PPL in their conflict over registration as a copyright society. The Court has granted, as a pro tem measure, a stay on the decision of the single judge order to the extent that...

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