The Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) has filed a criminal case against Radio City President Apurva Purohit and other officials of Radio City for copyright violation despite the fact that a civil case is already going on in the Bombay High Court and the matter is sub judice.
Reacting sharply to this, Uday Chawla, Secretary General, Association of Radio Operators of India (AROI), told exchange4media that the radio industry was very hurt by the intermediating attitude of the music industry towards the radio industry and towards its President, Apurva Purohit.
He added, “Our approach has always been that the radio and music industries are interdependent on each other and hence, the growth of one industry will lead to growth of the other.”
He informed that AROI had called two expert lawyers from EU, one of whom advised the music and broadcast industry, so as to enable the radio industry to understand international norms and follow it with detailed discussions with music industry. “The music industry should not kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, but take an egg every day. The unreasonable demand of the music industry is killing the radio industry,” he alleged.
Chawla further said, “We have also strongly objected to this intermediating attitude. We request the music industry to preferably unite and sit across the table to resolve all issues. The music industry’s approach has been very unreasonable, and now they are trying to hit the radio industry below the belt by using intimidating techniques, which will have no effect except for damaging the relations between the two interdependent industries. We request the saner views in the music industry to prevail upon the IPRS and the other numerous bodies claiming to represent the music industry to sit across the table with AROI and resolve all long standing issues, and if required, using services of independent international neutral experts.”
Though music royalty has been a contentious issue for quite a while, some headway seemed to have been made on December 15, 2008, following the meeting called by the I&B Ministry between the music and radio industries along with the Registrar of Copyrights and Secretary, HRD, to start a cumulative process for nationalising music royalties for radio. The first step towards consensus of royalty between music industry and FM radio has been taken.
Set up in August 1969, IPRS is a non-profit body representing owners of music – composers, lyricists, publishers, etc. IPRS is also registered under Section 33 of the Copyright Act, 1957 as the only Copyright Society in the country to do business of issuing licences for usage of music and collect royalties from them, for and on behalf of its members, that is, the owners of music and distribute this royalty amongst them after deducting its administrative costs.
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