In a landmark order, the Madras High Court has restrained Sun TV, who were found using a number of Sony Music songs without prior approval, from using the copyrighted work with immediate effect.
Justice K Kalyanasundaram passed the judgement on Friday, after the global music giant challenged the leading Chennai-based television network.
The important order validates the rights given to the creators and owners, and will go a long way to ensure a fair economic balance between the creative community and the larger broadcast and Internet organisations.
Approvals from music rights owners are mandatory before using (synchronization) songs with new visuals. The music could be existing songs, versions, or underlying works. TV broadcasters, advertisers, film producers and Internet companies who use existing music will now need to seek prior permission from copyright owners before communicating to the public, including broadcasters.
This decision will help the music and film industry as authors, composers and labels will be entitled to claim their rightful share.