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News |  17 Dec 2009 16:38 |  By AnitaIyer

IPRS obtains injunction against Country Club

MUMBAI: The Indian Music Industry's licensing arm- The Indian Performing Right Society Ltd (IPRS) has obtained an injunction from the Delhi High Court against the Country Club India Ltd (CCIL) for usage of  music without payment of requisite license fee        

Licensing officers at IPRS claim that the Country Club had organised large scale New Year bashes spread across nine locations in India last year, but failed to obtain any license for the same. We obtained a video clip of the event organised on 31 December 2008 on their official website and approached the High Court with the evidence. The court in turn has asked Country Club to pay approximately Rs 8,00,000 as fine towards non-payment...   

IPRS had alleged that County Club which organises New Year bashes on an elaborate scale had not procured the requisite license from the licensing body last year. Says IPRS CEO Rakesh Nigam, Country Club has been refusing to obtain license for their star studded events every year. So, we initiated legal action and they have been injuncted from playing our music. This move will probably encourage Country Club and other events organisers to obtain license from us and play music legally....

IPRS had appealed in the High Court that Country Club proposes to organise similar performances this year and similar violations are likely to occur as they have not approached for any license  It further expresses the purpose of continued display of the public performance recorded at various locations last year is to advertise its intention to violate copyright act.

Speaking to Radioandmusic.com, Vijay Yadav from Country Club denies the allegation. We had obtained a license for our Mumbai event paying 55,000 from the IPRS. However, we failed to obtain the same for other cities and would be making the payments. This year, we would be acquiring the license by paying the obligatory sum for all our events....

The license fee for events starts from Rs 45,000 and can even go up to a million rupees, depending on the capacity of the crowd and size of the event. As the New Year celebrations are around the corner, IPRS has started approaching event venues to persuade them to procure licenses.

To create awareness, IMI took the FM route last year by airing advertisements on SFM, now Red FM and Big FM. IPRS has already begun airing ads on these networks and few others to educate the masses about playing legitimate music by procuring licenses.

Click here for the High Court order on IPRS v/s Country Club

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