The Hindu recently reported that the Phonographic Performance Ltd.(PPL), a registered copyright society under the Copyright Act, is demanding that all commercial establishments start paying up for the music that they will be playing at year-end parties failing which action will be taken against them for copyright infringement. The report quoted PPL as saying “Musical nights and customised New Year packages are some of the most prolific means of revenue for pubs and hotels. A New Year’s Eve bash cannot be imagined without music, yet when it comes to paying for the commercial use of music, profit makers choose to evade the licence fee.”
Before going any further let us first de-mystify the exact objective and legal standing of PPL. The PPL is a Copyright Society under the Copyright Act. They represent the rights and interests of over 137 recording companies including biggies such as HMV (Sa Re Ga Ma
As far as I know copyright societies in
The overall objective of the enforcement by Copyright Societies, however remain fair and noble. Revenues for establishments such as pubs and discotheques depend solely on the genre of the music that is played by them. For example if a
What remains to be seen is whether or not PPL intends to enforce these rights on a daily basis or whether its going to do so only for big events.