With the Copyright Board yet to take a decision on the music royalty issue concerning the radio industry, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has called for a meeting between the music and radio industries along with the Registrar of Copyrights and Secretary, HRD on December 11 to start a cumulative process for nationalising music royalties for radio.
Radio operators and the Music Royalty Committee of AROI will be attending the meeting.
The radio and music industries have failed to come to an agreement over the amount of royalty to be charged to FM stations. Senior industry sources feel that that FM stations are being overcharged. In some cases, the royalty may be as high as 100 per cent of the revenue or more.
When contacted, Rahul Gupta, Head of AROI’s Music Royalty Committee, refused to comment on the development.
exchange4media.com had earlier reported on May 26, 2008, that the Supreme Court in its judgement dated May 16, 2008, had stated that the Copyright Board was the constitutional authority to decide on royalty rates for the industry for automatic licencing.
Once the Copyright Board took its decision, there would be no need for the music and radio industries to negotiate on the royalty rates.
However, with the Copyright Board yet to take a decision on this issue, the I&B Ministry has to intervene.
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