Chandni Mathur    05 Apr 13 20:45 IST


MUMBAI: Even as the Indian Music Industry (IMI) continues to battle with piracy at different levels, there have been various ways in which the survival has grown in the past year. But while the action on internet piracy continues, the key challenge for marketers  has been to sell their product.

One of the key reasons for piracy is actually not the demand for a product but non-monetization of it. The challenge of a marketer has been to get him to pay for it. A number of business models are now being created not only in India, but across the world to actually address that.

Speaking with, Indian Music Industry secretary general Savio D’Souza said, “Whether its iTunes or Spotify or MMX or Nokia; they are all putting efforts to actually monetize that segment. That has been the challenge for this year. It has seen exemplary action on internet piracy and it continues. A number of website have been shut down and there are court orders being implemented.”

The IMI has received court order to shut down another 162 websites on all 387 ISPs as part of the Phase II of its crackdown on internet piracy. While this was a far better effort on their part to track it down, the company is already in talks for a third phase which will be very intensive and on a larger scale.

"We have got the order from from the Calcutta High Court to shut down 162 websites on all 387 ISPs. It is currently being implemented. It has been a challenge for us but we are building capacity to shut down such websites. Last year we shut down around 104 and now its steadily increasing, so we are trying to work towards it in a big way," D’Souza added.

In 2012, IMI had obtained Mandatory Injunction Orders from the Calcutta High Court (dated 27 January, 6 February, 1 March & 2 March) directing 387 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block 104 music copyright infringing websites within 36 hours of the date of the intimation.

Helping the same will be the national rollout of its Mobile Music Exchange (MMX) within the next two months. MMX has gradually been helping the IMI to curb piracy and conduct raids in a much mechanized way. This in turn has increased the number of raids implemented as compared to last year.

As per statistics provided by D’Souza, Andhra Pradesh saw a rise

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