Copyright laws are here to stay. With giants in the entertainment industry like Zee Music, Eros In-ternational, Shemaroo Entertainment and Yash Raj Films onboard, we (Novex Communications) are certain of more structured industry practices, where ‘sound recordings’ of these labels are given their due royalty or fees.
With the recent litigation against Royal Plaza, a prominent hotel in the national capital, we have moved a step ahead towards spreading awareness about copyright infringement laws in the NCR region. An injunction order for Royal Plaza was secured from the Delhi High Court by Novex Communications in September 2016. The hotel had failed to secure requisite Non-Exclusive Public Performance Rights in Sound Recordings for playing music for commercial entertainment purposes. A strict judicial ruling like this furthers our motivation towards protecting the rights of copyright owners.
While there are still many such cases, most of the hospitality industry players have started including fee for utilizing the sound recordings in their event planning to avoid being plagued by bad press. As the saying goes, it takes years to build a reputation but just one negative incident to tarnish it.
Often, commercial events that are organised include musical elements for which rights are not pro-cured. This attitude reflects their blatant disregard towards music protection laws, lack of awareness or a complacent attitude of the organisers. Basically, when millions get invested in creating quality music, it is essential that India’s copyright laws and anti-piracy laws are appropriately used to deter the miscreants. All commercial establishments must procure the rights before playing copyright-protected songs (Bollywood, albums or regional) for public entertainment purposes.