IPRS gets Delhi HC order against EEMA
MUMBAI: The Indian Performing Rights Society has obtained a Delhi High Court order against the Event and Entertainment Management Association, stating that the EEMA has no judicial interim relief to seek exemption from the payment of license fees.
According to the IPRS, the EEMA, a conglomeration of event management companies, filed a writ in the Delhi High Court in July 2008 against the IPRS, and its sibling organisation, the PPL, protesting the payment of license fees for use of music in public events.
The IPRS says that the EEMA subsequently 'misled users / organisers, saying that they need not obtain a license from IPRS for playing of music as the case was sub-judice'.
The IPRS, in turn, moved an application against the EEMA, and the Delhi High Court on 17 December 2008 passed an order that 'No Interim relief has been granted to EEMA (plaintiff)'. The IPRS says it continues to be free to take legal action if the user / organisers do not obtain a license to play music from it.
The PPL and IPRS have both taken a firm stance on the issue of licenses, to be payable either for public performances or by radio stations. While the tussle over payments with the radio stations will come up for hearing before the Copyright Board in January 2009, the two bodies have launched a multi media campaign on license awareness on the eve of the New Year, when a huge number of events are likely to play music.