The Delhi High Court on 23rd December 2016 issued an injunction against Music Licensing bodies PPL, IPRS & Novex from granting licenses as registered copyright societies.
The Event & Entertainment Management Association of India (EEMA) has been working towards regularising and streamlining the Music Licensing regulatory framework for many years now. It has been engaged in a long, slow but constant legal battle against the exploitation by the so called ‘Registered Copyright Socieities’ who charge ‘Royalty’ for music played out at events. There are cases going on in seveal courts by various associations & individuals against the malpractices being administered by these so called copyright societies.
EEMA had recently filed a fresh writ in Delhi High Court wherein it was highlighted that despite the fact that currently neither of the bodies issuing ‘licenses’ are infact Registered Copyright Societies – PPL / IPRS & Novex, however they still continue to grant licenses and continue to be in the business of granting licenses. The court took serious notice of the matter and issued an INJUNCTION in favour of EEMA restraining all these parties from issuing licenses unless they are registered under section 33 of the Indian Copyright Act.
Comments by Ankur Kalra, Secretary (Legal)EEMA
The Music Licensing lobby (PPL / IPRS / Novex) has been engaged in illegal issuance of licenses since over two years now and flouts all laws by openly threatening venues to stop events unless the license is procured. Venues in turn pressurise event managers to do the same who despite knowing that it is wrong are forced to procure these licenses in order to safeguard their events. The music licensing ‘societies’ today are private limited companies operating purely for profit and very little or no money actually reaches the artists. It has become an organised syndicate and when we highlighted the same to the court we got an injunction almost immediately. We will take this battle forward and ensure that all event managers, venues &police departments are educate on this matter so that they are not part of the exploitation.
Quote by Abhishek Malhotra, Legal Counsel EEMA
The music industry has been going through a flux. While the law clearly provides that issue and grant of licenses can be done only through a registered copyright society, these 3 entities have been effectively carrying on this business in violation of the clear legal provisions. This order as well as the government of india's endorsement of the issues facing the users of music is therefore a welcome development.