India: Recorded Music Performance Limited applies for registration as a Copyright Society

July 18, 2018

Source: www.copyright.gov.in

The Copyright Office vide public notice dated May 22, 2018, has invited attention of general public and stakeholders to the fact that Recorded Music Performance Limited (herein after referred to as “RMPL”) has applied to the Registrar of Copyrights for registration as a Copyright Society in respect of Sound Recordings.

A copyright society is a registered collective administration society under Section 33 of the Copyright Act, 1957. A Copyright Society manages and protects copyrighted work by issuing or granting licenses in respect of any work in which copyright subsists or in respect of any other right given by the Copyright Act.

The details of the association of persons making the application as mentioned in the Copyright Application submitted to the Copyright Office are –

  • Sovan Lal Saha (Chairman)
  • Suresh Thangiah
  • Sitaram Agarwalla
  • Dewal Prashar
  • Deepak Bali
  • Sanjay Arjundas Wadhwa
  • Durgaram Choudhary

RMPL in its application dated March 01, 2018, claims to carry Copyright Business in respect of Sound Recording works as per Section 13 (1) (c) of the Copyright Act, 1957, to exercise and enforce on behalf of Members of the Company, being the Owners of Sound Recordings, in respect of any UTILIZATION of their work in any form.

As per Section 33 clause 3 of the Copyright Act, 1957, the Central Government shall not register more than one Copyright Society in respect of same class of work. However, if the said application is accepted then RMPL will be the second copyright society registered under the Copyright Act, after the Phonographic Performance Limited in respect of sound recordings.

The Copyright Office has invited objections/ suggestions from the general public/ stakeholders within 60 days from the publication of the notice.

The public notice dated May 22, 2018, along with the said copyright application and related documents can be accessed here.

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