The case between the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) and Radio City is developing into a serious issue. Following a criminal complaint filed by IPRS in October 2008, the Metropolitan Magistrate of Hyderabad on February 6, 2009 issued a non-bailable warrant against Apurva Purohit, CEO, Radio City, for infringement of Copyright Act. This was stated in a release issued by IPRS on February 6.
However, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has given some respite to Radio City. An official statement issued by Radio City said: “The Andhra Pradesh High Court has already issued a stay order against these entire proceedings initiated by IPRS on January 29, 2009. Additionally, there is also a civil case in the Mumbai High Court, which Radio City has filed against IPRS, where Radio City is challenging IPRS’s locus standi to collect royalty and the matter is sub-judice.”
When contacted, Rakesh Nigam, CEO, IPRS, threw more light on the development. He said, “The whole issue first started in 2006, when Radio City refused to renew their license with IPRS, and to top it all, they continued playing the music without paying any royalty fees, which is raw material for the music industry.”
Nigam further confirmed that currently there was a stay on the execution of the warrant. He, however, affirmed that the case against Radio City would continue. He also said that Radio City had failed to appear before the Magistrate and that was one reason for the warrant being issued.
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