Sunburn feels the heat of songs’ copyright owner

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Novex Communications Private Limited, holding the copyright of over 5,000 Bollywood songs, has filed an FIR against the Sunburn organizers for playing some popular numbers allegedly without obtaining the necessary licence.

The company’s managing director Ketan Kanakia told TOI that the FIR was recently filed under the Indian Copyright Act, 1957 after a couple of Bollywood hits owned by the company were played by the Sunburn organizers. The company had warned them on the necessity of obtaining the licence to play the songs.

“Our company holds the copyright of the most popular tracks in the Bollywood industry currently, including the hits from ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. Whenever an event organizer plays the songs of which we own the copyright, they have to give us a licence fee. The organizers against whom the FIR was filed failed to obtain the licence for playing the songs,” said Kanakia.

A senior official of the Hinjewadi police station confirmed that the FIR was filed on January 2. “The organizers were playing songs owned by Novex without their permission and sans paying any royalty to the company,” the official said.

The authorities of Novex, managing the copyright for Yashraj Films, ZEE Entertainment Enterprise Limited, Shemaroo Entertainment Limited and Eros International Media Limited alleged that Sunburn, Pune, played songs like ‘Malhari’ from ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Kajrare Kajrare’ from the movie ‘Bunty Aur Bubli’, owned by the company.

A source in Percept Live, which owns the Sunburn Music Festival, said, “This is an ongoing issue with music societies and those who claim to be the copyright owners. In most cases, such societies do not have the legal authority to seek compensation. Even if they do, they are at the best entitled to get royalty for the tracks played. But most of these societies approach event organizer and demand a hefty fee without substantiating the ownership of the songs.”

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) earlier filed a writ petition before the Bombay high court challenging the demands of Novex, stating that it cannot indulge in the business of issuing or granting such a licence. The issue is currently pending in the high court.

Music without Rights: FIR against Ramee Guestline Hotel, Juhu (Mumbai)

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A hotel in Juhu (Mumbai), Ramee Guestline is facing a peculiar problem. The Juhu police has registered a complaint against them for playing copyrighted music without obtaining due public performance rights from Novex.

Novex Communications Pvt Ltd, a copyright assignor of Zee Music, yash Raj Films, Eros international and Shemaroohas lodged an FIR against the hotel management and the company, which had organized a function in their premises on Jan6, 2018. The musical piece which stirred trouble was Udta Punjab from the movie Udta Punjab, Sweetytera Drama from the movie bareliekibarfifor which Novex holds the copyright and the authority to grant rights to play it live in public.

Any establishment such as a Club, Hotel, Pub, Convention, Banquet Hall, Pub, Mall and Gym etc., needs to take an authorization for using copyrighted music for events such as cocktail parties, award functions, get-togethers, birthday parties or any other events.

Party Non-Stop on Music, Songs and Non-Exclusive Public Performance Rights in Sound Recordings Owned by Novex. To apply for right you can simply visit http://bit.ly/2BlQ3Zp

Tamasha Pub of Lower Parel (Mumbai)in a Big Trouble – FIR registered for Copyright Infringement of Music

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An FIR has been filed against Tamasha Pub in Lower Parel (Mumbai) on 16th Dec 2017, for copyright infringement based on a complaint registered by Novex Communications. The Pub was playing the songs which includeKala Chashma from the movie BaarBaarDekho, Laila Main Laila from the movie Raees and Nashe Si Chad gayi from the movie Befikrewithout paying for it — the rights of which were assigned to NovexCommunications by Zee Music&Yash Raj Films. The same company has filed FIRs against many such Pubs, Clubs, Five-Star Hotels, Resorts, and Malls as well.
Documents of Agreement between Novex Communications with Zee Music Co. and Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd. were shared with the General Manager of Tamasha Pub on 1st May 2017. FIR was registered when the Tamasha Pub played copyrighted music without obtaining license from Novex Communications Pvt. Ltd.
Any establishment such as a Pubs, Hotel, Clubs, Convention, Banquet Hall, Mall and Gym etc., needs to take an authorization for using copyrighted music for events such as weddings receptions, sangeets, cocktail parties, award functions, get-togethers, birthday parties or any other events. Even the events organised by the government obtain necessary licenses since it is mandatory.
Novex is engaged in the business of licensing public performance rights in sound recordings. Exploitation of sound recordings, which Novex licenses, includes public performance in pubs, hotels, restaurants, lawns, discotheque, resorts, malls and other venues for communication to the public on a commercial basis of the following music labels:

  • ZEE ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISES LIMITED
  • YASH RAJ FILMS PRIVATE LIMITED
  • SHEMAROO ENTERTAINMENT PRIVATE LIMITED
  • EROS INTERNATIONAL MEDIA LIMITED

Using or playing copyrighted music without a necessary license is infringing of copyrights, which is a criminal offence. Criminal FIR has already been registered against Tamasha Pub in Lower Parel (Mumbai) by Novex Communications due to their negligence. Event organisers must pay royalty to Novex Communications, which hold the rights for the use of copyrighted songs.

As the New Year is approaching, most of the Pubs, Clubs, Five-Star Hotels, Resorts and many other Event Organisers have hosted New Year Party across the Country. Novex Communications holds copyright of the top music tracks from the industry which includes Swag Se Swagaat, Zingaat, Laila Main Laila, Kala Chashma and many more. You can check the entire list here http://www.novex.in/song-list/

To organize uninterrupted New Year Parties, obtain license from Novex Communications Today.To apply for license you can simply visit http://www.novex.in/apply-licence/

FIR Filed against The Andheri Recreation Club of Mumbai for Playing Copyrighted Music without License

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An FIR under the copyright act has been filed against The Andheri Recreation Club of Mumbai on 20th Nov 2017, for copyright infringement based on a complaint registered by Novex Communications. The club was playing the songs which includeGulaabofrom the movie Shaandaar, Kala Chashma from the movie Baar Baar Dekho and Laila Main Laila from the movie Raees without paying for it — the rights of which were assigned to Novex Communications by Zee Music. The same company has filed FIRs against many such Clubs, Five-Star Hotels, Resorts, and Malls as well.

Any establishment such as a Club, Hotel, Pub, Convention, Banquet Hall, Mall and Gym etc., needs to take an authorization for using copyrighted music for events such as weddings receptions, sangeets, cocktail parties, award functions, get-togethers, birthday parties or any other events. Even the events organised by the government obtain necessary licenses since it is mandatory.

Novex is engaged in the business of licensing public performance rights in sound recordings. Exploitation of sound recordings, which Novex licenses, includes public performance in hotels, restaurants, lawns, discotheque, resorts, malls and other venues for communication to the public on a commercial basis of the following music labels:

  • ZEE ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISES LIMITED
  • YASH RAJ FILMS PRIVATE LIMITED
  • SHEMAROO ENTERTAINMENT PRIVATE LIMITED
  • EROS INTERNATIONAL MEDIA LIMITED

Using or playing copyrighted music without a necessary license is infringing of copyrights, which is a criminal offence. Criminal FIR has already been registered against The Andheri Recreation Club of Mumbai by Novex Communications due to their negligence. Event organisers must pay royalty to Novex Communications, which hold the rights for the use of copyrighted songs.

As the New Year is approaching, most of the Clubs, Five-Star Hotels, Resorts and many other Event Organisers have hosted New Year Party across the Country. Novex Communications holds copyright of the top music tracks from the industry which includes Swag Se Swagaat, Zingaat, Laila Main Laila, Kala Chashma and many more. You can check the entire list here http://www.novex.in/song-list/

To organize uninterrupted New Year Parties, obtain license from Novex Communications Today.To apply for license you can simply visit http://www.novex.in/apply-licence/

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