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News |  31 Jan 2012 12:45 |  By RnMTeam

HC issues injunction order against Bangalore Fashion week for violating music copyright laws

MUMBAI: The Delhi High Court has issued an injunction order against the organizers of Bangalore Fashion Week for playing music or videos, owing to their inability to procure adequate licenses from Phonographic Performance Ltd.

In consequence, no music could be played during the Bangalore Fashion Week and failure to abide by the rule could invite penalty against the The Intercontinental Hotel Group and other organizers of BFW.

PPL country head Sowmya Chowdhury said, Violation of music copyrights is one of the biggest challenges faced by the music industry in India.  It is disheartening to know that even large event companies and hospitality groups often decide to flout copyright laws and use music illegally for commercial purposes. To discourage this practice, PPL has been assiduously working towards bringing the defaulters to book by obtaining injunctions from various courts including High Courts against all violators.  We are thankful to the Indian judiciary for supporting us in our efforts and firmly believe that with continuous efforts we would be able to bring down the instances of illegal usage of copyrighted music significantly....

Adding further PPL national sales manager Avinash D'Souza said, PPL has been working extensively with the Indian judiciary for bringing the perpetrators to the law. However, we would request designers, venue holders and other participants to supplement our efforts by coming forth and reporting cases of violation of music copyright laws.  The combined efforts of PPL and the masses would go a long way in curbing the menace of copyright infringement and would ensure that the music makers are given due compensation for their creative property....

The sixth edition of Bangalore Fashion Week-Summer Showers 2012 will be held from February 2-5.