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Phonographic Performance Limited New Year Coverage – 2009

Prepared by Perfect Relations


Coverage Index S.No.

Date

Headline

Publication

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

31-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 30-Dec-09

Delhi Times Mid Day Economic Times Hindustan Times Business Standard Indian Express The Hindu

8 9 10 11

30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09

PAISE DO, GAANE LO PARTY MUSIC UNDER ATTACK MUSICAL CHAIRS MUSICAL BLOW TO PUBS, BARS HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Before big night, pressing the mute button Court order restaurants, malls to pay licence fee for music Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee Top eateries told to pay for their New year music Pay licence fee for music: HC to malls, bars Mall & Bar ko music bajane pe dena hoga licence shulk

12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 20-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 31-Dec-09

Music ke liye licence fee Music bajane pa dena hoga licence shulk Licence fees nahi di hai to pad sakta hai khalal New Year Party Fees Jama Karo, DJ Bajao Mall & Bar ko music bajane pe dena hoga licence shulk PPL Mall mein music bajane par licence fees bharen Music ke liye licence fee Mehanga padega mall main music Indian Music Industry

23

23-Dec-09

DNA

24 25 26 27

25-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 23-Dec-09 26-Dec-09

28

31-Dec-09

Royalty tangle: Music firms target X'mas, Dec 31 parties HOTELS CAN PLAY MUSIC AT NEW YEAR PARTIES No playing songs without licence Stay sought on hotels playing music without licence Hotels can play music for seasons parties without paying royalty You cant dance to All is Well at tonights New Year party

29 30

31-Dec-09 23-Dec-09

From Rs 1k-30k, there is a party for every budget PPL moves HC against hotels playing music

Times of India Economic Times

Delhi

Financial Chronicle Pioneer Statesman Economic Times (Hindi) Navbharat Times Dainik Jagran Amar Ujala Rashtriya Sahara Rashtriya Sahara Punjab Kesari Jansatta Business Bhaskar Aaj Samaj Sandhya Times Nai Duniya

Mumbai DNA DNA Hindustan Times Hindustan Times Hindustan Times


31

31-Dec-09

Musical Chairs

Economic Times

32 33

30-Dec-09 25-Dec-09

34

31-Dec-09

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53

26-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 26-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 26-Dec-09 24-Dec-09 26-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09

HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Relief for hotels from paying royalties this festive season No music without obtaining licence from copyright body: HC to hotels PLAY WITHOUT PAY HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee Pay licence fee for music: Delhi HC to malls, bars Top hotels agree to pay for dance music on New Year PPL No playing songs without licence PPL New Year Party PPL No playing songs without licence No playing songs without licence No playing songs without licence No playing songs without licence Indian Music Industry PPL No playing songs without licence PPL PPL

Business Standard Indian Express (Mumbai Newsline) Indian Express (Mumbai Newsline) Asian Age Mint-Mumbai Financial Chronicle Free Press Journal Free Press Journal Sakal Sakal Mumbai Samachar Loksatta Divya Bhaskar Divya Bhaskar Punyanagari Prahar Navshakti Navbharat Times Mumbai Samachar Lokmat Khabre Aaj Tak (Hindi) Aaple Mahanagar

Music ban at fun stops Entertainment program to be banned without Copyright fees Court orders restaurants malls to pay licence fee for music MUSICAL CHAIRS HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music City's top pubs, hotels served notices for not paying music licence fee Notice on Disco & Restaurant

Telegraph Anand Bazaar Patrika

Kolkata 54 55

21-Dec-09 24-Dec-09

56

30-Dec-09

57 58 59 60

31-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 24-Dec-09

61

27-Dec-09

The Hindu Economic Times Business Standard HT-Mint Indian Express Prabhat Khabor

Chennai 62 63

27-Dec-09 26-Dec-09

New year sans music? Pay royalty for music, or face action

Chennai Times (TOI) Deccan Chronicle

64

30-Dec-09

Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee

Financial Chronicle

65

30-Dec-09

HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music

Mint


Bangalore 66 67 68 69

27-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09

Pay up for the party HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music

Deccan Chronicle Mint Financial Chronicle Business Standard

Bid to right the wrongs to copyright legislation Unlicensed music at public place may invite action There will be no music in star hotel on New year No music in five star hotels on new year Indian Music Industry Indian Music Industry

Times of India New Indian Express Samaya Odisha Bhaskar Suryaprabha Dharitri

23-Dec-09 30-Dec-09

Unlicensed party hosts may face the music Move to prevent copyright violation

Times of India Assam Tribune

78 79

30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09

HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Mumbai main raat bhar manega naye saal ka jashn

80 81 82 83 84 85 86

30-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 31-Dec-09

52 Hotel owners application for New Year Party IMI PPL IMI IMI Pay artists royalty No music on 31st

Business Standard Business Standard (Hindi) Pudhari Pudhari Sandhya Anand Sakal Samna Prabhat Lokmat

Bhubaneshwar 70 71 72 73 74 75

31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09

Guwahati 76 77

Pune

Chandigarh 87 88

31-Dec-09 30-Dec-09

MUSICAL CHAIR Court orders restaurant, malls to pay licence fee for music

Economic Times The Hindu

31-Dec-09

Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee

Financial Chronicle

28-Dec-09

Piracy watchdog snarls at year-end bashes

New Indian Express

Hyderabad 89

Kochi 90


Delhi


31

31-Dec-09

Musical Chairs

Economic Times

32 33

30-Dec-09 25-Dec-09

34

31-Dec-09

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53

26-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 26-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 26-Dec-09 24-Dec-09 26-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09

HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Relief for hotels from paying royalties this festive season No music without obtaining licence from copyright body: HC to hotels PLAY WITHOUT PAY HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee Pay licence fee for music: Delhi HC to malls, bars Top hotels agree to pay for dance music on New Year PPL No playing songs without licence PPL New Year Party PPL No playing songs without licence No playing songs without licence No playing songs without licence No playing songs without licence Indian Music Industry PPL No playing songs without licence PPL PPL

Business Standard Indian Express (Mumbai Newsline) Indian Express (Mumbai Newsline) Asian Age Mint-Mumbai Financial Chronicle Free Press Journal Free Press Journal Sakal Sakal Mumbai Samachar Loksatta Divya Bhaskar Divya Bhaskar Punyanagari Prahar Navshakti Navbharat Times Mumbai Samachar Lokmat Khabre Aaj Tak (Hindi) Aaple Mahanagar

Music ban at fun stops Entertainment program to be banned without Copyright fees Court orders restaurants malls to pay licence fee for music MUSICAL CHAIRS HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music City's top pubs, hotels served notices for not paying music licence fee Notice on Disco & Restaurant

Telegraph Anand Bazaar Patrika

Kolkata 54 55

21-Dec-09 24-Dec-09

56

30-Dec-09

57 58 59 60

31-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 24-Dec-09

61

27-Dec-09

The Hindu Economic Times Business Standard HT-Mint Indian Express Prabhat Khabor

Chennai 62 63

27-Dec-09 26-Dec-09

New year sans music? Pay royalty for music, or face action

Chennai Times (TOI) Deccan Chronicle

64

30-Dec-09

Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee

Financial Chronicle

65

30-Dec-09

HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music

Mint


Bangalore 66 67 68 69

27-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09

Pay up for the party HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music

Deccan Chronicle Mint Financial Chronicle Business Standard

Bid to right the wrongs to copyright legislation Unlicensed music at public place may invite action There will be no music in star hotel on New year No music in five star hotels on new year Indian Music Industry Indian Music Industry

Times of India New Indian Express Samaya Odisha Bhaskar Suryaprabha Dharitri

23-Dec-09 30-Dec-09

Unlicensed party hosts may face the music Move to prevent copyright violation

Times of India Assam Tribune

78 79

30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09

HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Mumbai main raat bhar manega naye saal ka jashn

80 81 82 83 84 85 86

30-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 31-Dec-09

52 Hotel owners application for New Year Party IMI PPL IMI IMI Pay artists royalty No music on 31st

Business Standard Business Standard (Hindi) Pudhari Pudhari Sandhya Anand Sakal Samna Prabhat Lokmat

Bhubaneshwar 70 71 72 73 74 75

31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 30-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09

Guwahati 76 77

Pune

Chandigarh 87 88

31-Dec-09 30-Dec-09

MUSICAL CHAIR Court orders restaurant, malls to pay licence fee for music

Economic Times The Hindu

31-Dec-09

Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee

Financial Chronicle

28-Dec-09

Piracy watchdog snarls at year-end bashes

New Indian Express

Hyderabad 89

Kochi 90


Delhi Times PAISE DO, GAANE LO Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 8 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 21 H: 20 Clip: 1 of 1


Mid Day PARTY MUSIC UNDER ATTACK Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 1 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 7 Clip: 1 of 2


Mid Day PARTY MUSIC UNDER ATTACK Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 1 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 7 Clip: 2 of 2


Economic Times MUSICAL CHAIRS Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 4 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 18 H: 19 Clip: 1 of 1


Hindustan Times MUSICAL BLOW TO PUBS, BARS Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 4 H: 9 Clip: 1 of 1


Business Standard HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 6 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 4 H: 24 Clip: 1 of 1


Express Newsline Before big night, pressing the mute button Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 1 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 22 H: 11 Clip: 1 of 1


The Hindu Court order restaurants, malls to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 4 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 13 H: 9 Clip: 1 of 1


Financial Chronicle Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 8 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 25 H: 6 Clip: 1 of 1


Pioneer Top eateries told to pay for their New year music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 4 H: 26 Clip: 1 of 1


Statesman Pay licence fee for music: HC to malls, bars Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 4 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 7 H: 17 Clip: 1 of 1


Economic Times (Hindi) Mall & Bar ko music bajane pa dena hoga licence shulk Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 28 H: 10 Clip: 1 of 1


Navbharat Times Music ke liye licence fee Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 5 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 9 H: 9 Clip: 1 of 1


Dainik Jagran music bajane pa dena hoga licence shulk Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 20 H: 10 Clip: 1 of 1


Amar Ujala Licence fees nahi di hai to pad sakta hai khalal Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 5 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 21 H: 9 Clip: 1 of 1


Rashtriya Sahara New Year Party Date: 20-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 8 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 14 H: 12 Clip: 1 of 1


Rashtriya Sahara Fees Jama Karo, DJ Bajao Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 7 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 19 H: 16 Clip: 1 of 1


Punjab Kesri Indian Music Industry Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 7 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 9 H: 13 Clip: 1 of 1


Jansatta Indian Music Industry Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 6 H: 17 Clip: 1 of 1


Business Bhaskar Mall mein music bajane par licence fees bharen Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 7 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 4 H: 18 Clip: 1 of 1


Aaj Samaj Music ke liye licence fee Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 4 H: 12 Clip: 1 of 1


Sandhya Times Mahnga padega mall mein music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 9 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 9 H: 19 Clip: 1 of 1


Nai Duniya Indian Music Industry Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Delhi | Page: 12 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 9 H: 10 Clip: 1 of 1


Mumbai


DNA Royalty tangle: Music firms target X'mas, Dec 31 parties Date: 23-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 5 H: 23 Clip: 1 of 1


DNA HOTELS CAN PLAY MUSIC AT NEW YEAR PARTIES Date: 25-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 7 H: 5 Clip: 1 of 1


DNA No playing songs without licence Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 11 Clip: 1 of 1


Hindustan Times Stay sought on hotels playing music without licence Date: 23-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 21 H: 8 Clip: 1 of 1


Hindustan Times Hotels can play music for seasons parties without paying royalty Date: 25-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 9 H: 14 Clip: 1 of 1


Hindustan Times You cant dance to All is Well at tonights New Year party Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 1 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 12 H: 8 Clip: 1 of 2


Hindustan Times You cant dance to All is Well at tonights New Year party Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 1 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 12 H: 8 Clip: 2 of 2


Times of India From Rs 1k-30k, theres a party for every budget Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 13 H: 21 Clip: 1 of 1


Economic Times PPL moves HC against hotels playing music Date: 23-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 21 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 4 H: 10 Clip: 1 of 1


Economic Times Musical Chairs Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 4 | Source: Amit Sharma | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 18 Clip: 1 of 1


Business Standard HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 6 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 3 H: 11 Clip: 1 of 1


Indian Express (Mumbai Newsline) Relier for htels from paying royalties this festive season Date: 25-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 4 H: 19 Clip: 1 of 1


Indian Express (Mumbai Newsline) No music without obtaining licence from copyright hody: HC to hotels Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 14 H: 7 Clip: 1 of 1


Asian Age PLAY WITHOUT PAY Date: 26-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 21 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 11 H: 17 Clip: 1 of 1


Mint-Mumbai HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 9 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 5 H: 10 Clip: 1 of 1


Financial Chronicle Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 8 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 25 H: 6 Clip: 1 of 1


Free Press Journal Pay licence fee for music: Delhi HC to malls, bars Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 17 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 4 H: 12 Clip: 1 of 1


Free Press Journal Top hotels agree to pay for dance music on New Year Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 7 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 21 H: 17 Clip: 1 of 1


Sakal PPL Date: 26-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 4 H: 16 Clip: 1 of 1


Sakal No playing songs without licence Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 13 H: 12 Clip: 1 of 1


Mumbai Samachar PPL Date: 26-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 15 H: 11 Clip: 1 of 1


Loksatta Indian Music Industry Date: 24-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 12 Clip: 1 of 1


Divya Bhaskar PPL Date: 26-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 13 Clip: 1 of 1


Divya Bhaskar No playing songs without licence Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 14 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 20 Clip: 1 of 1


Punyanagari No playing songs without licence Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 15 H: 9 Clip: 1 of 1


Prahar No playing songs without licence Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 12 H: 7 Clip: 1 of 1


Navshakti No playing songs without licence Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 12 Clip: 1 of 1


Navbharat Times Indian Music Industry Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 18 H: 9 Clip: 1 of 1


Mumbai Samachar PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 14 H: 8 Clip: 1 of 1


Lokmat No playing songs without licence Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 4 H: 19 Clip: 1 of 1


Khabre Aaj Tak (Hindi) PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 12 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 8 H: 13 Clip: 1 of 1


Aaple Mahanagar PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Mumbai | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 8 H: 11 Clip: 1 of 1


Kolkata


Telegraph Music ban at fun stops Date: 21-12-2009 | Edition: Kolkata | Page: 23 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 5 H: 13 Clip: 1 of 1


Anand Bazaar Patrika Entertainment program to be banned without Copyright fees Date: 24-12-2009 | Edition: Kolkata | Page: 1 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 13 H: 21 Clip: 1 of 1


The Hindu Court orders restaurants malls to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Kolkata | Page: 4 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 13 H: 10 Clip: 1 of 1


Economic Times MUSICAL CHAIRS Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Kolkata | Page: 4 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 20 Clip: 1 of 1


Business Standard HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Kolkata | Page: 5 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 13 H: 5 Clip: 1 of 1


HT-Mint HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Kolkata | Page: 9 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 5 H: 10 Clip: 1 of 1


Indian Express City's top pubs, hotels served notices for not paying music licence fee Date: 24-12-2009 | Edition: Kolkata | Page: 4 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 6 H: 16 Clip: 1 of 1


Prabhat Khabor Notice on Disco & Restruant Date: 27-12-2009 | Edition: Kolkata | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 10 H: 3 Clip: 1 of 1


Chennai


Chennai Times (TOI) New year sans music? Date: 27-12-2009 | Edition: Chennai | Page: 1 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 13 H: 28 Clip: 1 of 1


Deccan Chronicle Pay royalty for music, or face action Date: 26-12-2009 | Edition: Chennai | Page: 5 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 14 H: 4 Clip: 1 of 1


Financial Chronicle Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Chennai | Page: 8 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 26 H: 6 Clip: 1 of 1


Mint HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Chennai | Page: 9 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 5 H: 10 Clip: 1 of 1


Bangalore


Deccan Chronicle Pay up for the party Date: 27-12-2009 | Edition: Bangalore | Page: 17 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 23 Clip: 1 of 1


Mint HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Bangalore | Page: 9 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 5 H: 10 Clip: 1 of 1


Financial Chronicle Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Bangalore | Page: 8 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 25 H: 6 Clip: 1 of 1


Business Standard HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Bangalore | Page: 5 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 5 Clip: 1 of 1


Bhubaneswar


Times of India Bid to right the wrongs to copyright legislation Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Bhubaneshwar | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 12 H: 14 Clip: 1 of 1


New Indian Express Unlicensed music at public place may invite action Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Bhubaneshwar | Page: 13 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 11 H: 12 Clip: 1 of 1


Samaya There will be no music in star hotel on New year Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Bhubaneshwar | Page: 8 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 7 H: 8 Clip: 1 of 1


Odisha Bhaskar No music in five star hotels on new year Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Bhubaneshwar | Page: 11 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 7 H: 8 Clip: 1 of 1


Suryaprabha PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Bhubaneshwar | Page: 2 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 9 H: 16 Clip: 1 of 1


Dharitri PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Bhubaneshwar | Page: 8 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 4 H: 13 Clip: 1 of 1


Guwahati


Times of India Unlicensed party hosts may face the music Date: 23-12-2009 | Edition: Guwahati | Page: 2 | Source: Sumir Karmakar | Clip size (cm): W: 12 H: 14 Clip: 1 of 1


Assam Tribune Move to prevent copyright violation Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Guwahati | Page: 5 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 12 H: 8 Clip: 1 of 1


Pune


Business Standard HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 6 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 3 H: 11 Clip: 1 of 1


Business Standard (Hindi) Full night parties in Mumbai on this New Year Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 6 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 8 H: 25 Clip: 1 of 1


Pudhari 52 Hotel owners application for New Year Party Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 10 Clip: 1 of 1


Pudhari PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 13 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 10 H: 29 Clip: 1 of 2


Pudhari PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 13 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 10 H: 29 Clip: 2 of 2


Sandhyanand PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 9 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 10 H: 17 Clip: 1 of 1


Sakal PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 14 H: 21 Clip: 1 of 1


Saamana PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 15 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 11 H: 25 Clip: 1 of 2


Saamana PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 15 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 11 H: 25 Clip: 2 of 2


Prabhat PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 21 H: 31 Clip: 1 of 2


Prabhat PPL Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 3 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 21 H: 31 Clip: 2 of 2


Lokmat Sound Systeems allows only before 12 Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 1 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 9 Clip: 1 of 2


Lokmat Sound Systeems allows only before 12 Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Pune | Page: 1 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 9 Clip: 2 of 2


Chandigarh


Economic Times MUSICAL CHAIR. Date: 31-12-2009 | Edition: Chandigarh | Page: 4 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 19 H: 21 Clip: 1 of 1


The Hindu Court orders restaurants, malls to pay licence fee for music Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Chandigarh | Page: 4 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 13 H: 9 Clip: 1 of 1


Hyderabad


Financial Chronicle Delhi HC asks bars, malls to pay music licence fee Date: 30-12-2009 | Edition: Hyderabad | Page: 8 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 25 H: 7 Clip: 1 of 1


Kochi


New Indian Express Piracy watchdog snarls at year-end bashes Date: 28-12-2009 | Edition: Kochi | Page: 5 | Source: Bureau | Clip size (cm): W: 17 H: 9 Clip: 1 of 1


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Music ban at fun stops A STAFF REPORTER The North 24-Parganas district court has issued an interim injunction against 14 restaurants and amusement parks playing music at year-end parties. Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), which grants public performance licences on behalf of music labels, had slapped legal notices on restaurants and amusement parks that “did not pay licence fees”. “We moved the court against those who did not respond to the notices. The district judge on Saturday issued an ex-parte interim injunction against these places playing music at events hosted between December 25 and 31 till they take our permission,” said Sowmya B. Chowdhury, the country head (events) of PPL. On the list are Sourav’s The Food Pavilion, Swabhumi, Aquatica, Tangerine Banquet and Shimmers Lounge n Bar.


Stay sought on hotels playing music without licence HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times Email Author Mumbai, December 23, 2009

Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) — a firm engaged in upholding sound recording copyrights — has moved the Bombay High Court seeking a stay on hotels playing music without permission. In its petition, PPL has included names of 17 hotels such as JW Marriott, Taj Lands End, Marine Centre, Leela Kempenski and Gallops Banquet Hall as respondents. The petition seeks a stay on these hotels to play copyrighted music during Christmas and New Year celebrations. The petition seeks that hotels should be restrained from playing music and sound recordings of PPL’s members during events and shows, if they don’t have a licence from PPL. The vacation bench of the HC will hear PPL’s petition on 24/12. Stating that hotels make huge profits by playing copyrighted music during Christmas and New Year events, PPL’s petition says, “They cannot be allowed to commit infringement of copyright by playing sound recordings in an unauthorised manner without paying royalty to our members. The defendants are obliged to pay royalty and obtain mandatory licences before organising events in which they use and exploit sound recordings of our members.” PPL, a registered copyright society under the Copyright Act, 1957 was granted registration in May, 1966. It engages in carrying-on the copyright business of its members in sound recordings. These sound recordings are owned by the members of PPL, who are leading music companies in India. This registration allows and entitles PPL to administer its members’ sound recordings, charge and collect fees from users of sound recordings, says the petition. PPL has claimed that the royalties collected by them are disbursed to the owners of the copyright for usage of the sound recordings.


Royalty tangle: Music firms target X'mas, Dec 31 parties Hetal Vyas / DNA Wednesday, December 23, 2009 2:29 IST

Mumbai: If Christmas and New Year are near, can controversies be far behind? Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), a grouping of leading music companies, has moved the Bombay high court to seek royalty on music played at parties in hotels across Mumbai, Pune, and Goa. At least 17 leading hotels have been made party to the petition, including the JW Marriott, Taj Land's End, and Leela Kempinski. "By organising events associated with Christmas and the year ending and using the sound recordings over which our members have copyright, the defendants earn huge profits," PPL's petition said. It said the hotels are obliged to pay royalty and obtain licences before organising such events. PPL is registered under the Companies Act, 1956. It is also a registered copyright society under section 33 of the Copyright Act, 1957, which entitles it to administer its members' sound recordings, charge and collect fees from users, and distribute them to the copyright holders. PPL hasurged the court to declare that it "is entitled to claim licence fee for sound recording under the provisions of the Copyright Act". It has also sought a restraint on hotels from playing such recordings at events without first getting a licence from PPL.


PPL has also urged the court to direct the hotels to maintain proper records of the use of all sound recordings during shows while the petition is pending. According to the petition, PPL issues almost 5,000 public performance licences every year to various users. A Taj Group spokesperson said: "We will comply with all the regulations. We will also procure the required licences for performances at our hotels." A vacation bench will hear the petition on Thursday.


Most party music in Bangalore teems with illegitimate notes Sunitha Rao R / DNA Thursday, December 24, 2009 8:51 IST Bangalore: It could be that time of the year where music provides the perfect rhythm for letting one's hair down. But watch out! The beat that gets your foot tapping at this New Year bash could be a false note as it could not have met the mandatory copyright obligations. Close to 1,500 pubs, bars and restaurants in the city have not yet obtained the mandatory annual licence to play music from the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS), a registered copyright society under Section 33 of the Copyright Act 1957. Only 900 entertainment agencies in the city have obtained the licence from the IPRS and are playing legitimate music. IPRS upholds the copy rights of authors, composers and publishers. CV Ramaswamy, licensing executive with the Bangalore chapter of IPRS, told DNA: "All event organisers, hotels, pubs and commercial premises owners playing recorded or live music in a public space or commercial environment must obtain a mandatory licence from the IPRS." "Areas like MG Road, Brigade Road, Majestic, Indiranagar and Koramangala are the pub and bar hubs of the city where this violation is rampant," he added. "In 2004, there were only 30 entertainment agencies which had this licence. We have sent enough of notices to these bars, hotels, restaurants. But they don't bother," another senior IPRS official said. Playing music in public without obtaining the IPRS licence is a cognisable and nonbailable offence under the copyright law and attracts a heavy penalty, extending up to Rs2 lakh fine or three years' imprisonment or both.


The IPRS Bangalore is short-staffed and is operating with only four licensing executives, helping these entertainment agencies get away with their blatantly illegal act.


City’s top pubs, hotels served notices for not paying music licence fee Express News Service Tags : hotels, music licence fee, kolkata Posted: Thursday , Dec 24, 2009 at 0315 hrs

Kolkata: The Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) has served legal notices to several hotels and pubs in and around the city for failing to pay the music licence fee required to play copyright music. The body is the apex licensing arm of the Indian Music Industry (IMI) which administers the broadcast, telecast and public performance rights of its member companies. According to the PPL, while pubs and hotels mint money, thanks to the preChristmas and pre-New Year parties they organise, they are unwilling to pay the nominal licence fees to the PPL. Those served notices include The Food Pavilion at Sourav’s, Swabhumi, Tangerine Banquet and Aquatica. Under the statutory sanction of section 35 of the Indian Copyright Act, playing commercial music in public without paying the requisite licence fee is liable to contempt of court. Section 35 grants the PPL exclusive rights to issue licence to hotels/pubs for playing music during events at their respective establishments. “Music companies have a right towards claiming their due because their product is getting consumed too,” said Vipul Pradhan, CEO, PPL. “We have a record of the establishments that have not procured the licence. When somebody goes to procure a licence from the police, they are told to get a PPL licence too. Despite this, some people try getting away without paying,” said Sowmya Chowdhury of PPL. When contacted a representative at Sourav’s said that they were looking into the matter. “We don’t play music without a licence. We have a department which will surely sort out the matter,” said Neeraj Agarwal of Swabhumi.


PPL files petition seeking stay on hotels playing music without permission Thursday, December 24, 2009, 18:00 Hrs [IST] By HBI Staff | Mumbai

Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), a firm engaged in upholding sound recording copyrights, has moved the Bombay High Court seeking a stay on hotels playing music without permission. In its petition, PPL has included names of 17 hotels such as JW Marriott, Taj Lands End, Marine Centre, Leela Kempenski and Gallops Banquet Hall as respondents. According to a report in hindustantimes, the petition seeks a stay on these hotels to play copyrighted music during Christmas and New Year celebrations. The petition seeks that hotels should be restrained from playing music and sound recordings of PPL’s members during events and shows, if they don’t have a licence from PPL. Stating that hotels make huge profits by playing copyrighted music during Christmas and New Year events, PPL’s petition said, “They cannot be allowed to commit infringement of copyright by playing sound recordings in an unauthorised manner without paying royalty to our members. The defendants are obliged to pay royalty and obtain mandatory licences before organising events in which they use and exploit sound recordings of our members.”


Relief for hotels from paying royalties this festive season Express News Service Tags: hotels royalty case, mumbai Posted: Friday, Dec 25, 2009 at 2334 hrs

Mumbai: In a major relief to hotels across Mumbai hosting Christmas and New Year parties, the Bombay High Court has refused to restrain them from playing music without paying royalties to Phonographic Performances Limited (PPL). Vacation judge, Justice K K Tated refused to grant interim relief to PPL— a firm engaged in upholding sound recording copyrights — while hearing its petition which alleged that hotels which have Christmas and New Year parties are infringing copyrights of their clients by playing the music without permission. PPL had dragged 17 hotels like J W Marriot, Taj Lands End, Supreme Heritage, Imperial Banquets, Marine Centre, Leela Kempenski,Gallops Banquet Hall as respondents in its petition. PPL had sought that the hotels be restrained from playing such music and sound recordings of its members in the hotels events and shows without obtaining a prior license from PPL.

PPL’s petition contended that hotels make huge profits by playing their music during Christmas and New Year parties. Playing music of their clients without paying them royalties cannot be allowed as it amounts to committing infringement of copy right of their clients, contended PPL. The hotels on the other hand contended that they have paid for the license meant for the whole year including December 31. So the court declined to grant a stay and adjourned the hearing till January.


Pay up or face the music: PPL to pubs Kolkata, Dec 24: The city may fall short of venues to celebrate Christmas and welcome the New Year this time around as the Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL) has served notices to many well known hotels and pubs. These legal notices have been issued to venues that have not paid the requisite music licence fee to play music at their yearend events. PPL plans to initiate strict legal action against defaulters in case the licence fee does not get paid ahead of their planned events. The following is the list where interim injunction given by Honorable court Hotel Samrat International, Hotel Pataliputra Ashok, Kapli's Eleven, Sourav's The Food Pavillion, Swabhumi, Aquatica, Hotel Camelia, Tangerine Banquet, Shimmers, Toshali Sands, Sana Beach Resort, Sonar Bangla Hotel, Debraj Beach Resort, Masara Beach Resortamongst several others. PPL has issued notices to all these prominent places which haven't paid the music licence fee across the country. On this issue, Vipul Pradhan, CEO, PPL said: "New Year parties attract people promising them a good time through a combination of entertainment, food and beverage. A significant component of the sum charged from the customers is for music - an integral element of entertainment. Therefore, the music companies whose sound recording is regularly used have a right towards claiming their due because their product is getting consumed too." Under the statutory sanction of section 35 in the Indian Copyright Act, playing commercial music in public without paying the requisite licence fee is an offence liable to contempt


of court. Section 35 grants exclusivity to PPL to issue licences to hotels/ pubs for playing music during the events in their respective premises. The tariff for the same is calculated on the basis of the number of hours the music is to be played and the number of people expected to attend the event. According to Sowmya Chowdhury, Country Head-Events, PPL, "Musical nights and customized New year events rake in huge revenues for pubs organizers. A year ending event cannot be imagined without music! Yet, when it comes to paying for the commercial use of music, the event organizers chose to evade the licence fee." According to Avinash D'Souza, National Sales Manager, PPL, "Music labels have complete authority over the sound recordings and using them without a proper licence can bring the events and parties to a standstill. People should also act proactively and check with their chosen properties to avoid a last minute inconvenience or embarrassment. To prevent such situations, this year we have expanded our operations to a National Campaign in all major cities." Every year pubs/ hotels target revenues with customized Christmas and New Year packages but are reluctant to pay a nominal licence fee (which varies depending on the number of hours for which the music is played) to PPL. Thus, flouting the norms and eating into the royalties of the music labels. Disc Jockeys too need to abide by PPL guidelines if they continue to play music without paying the licence fees.


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Piracy watchdog snarls at year-end bashes KOCHI: The mood this Christmas and New Year across Kerala and Tamil Nadu is likely to sour with the Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), the music copyright body, deciding to play spoilsport. The PPL has served legal notices on a number of hotels, pubs, discotheques and lounges in Kerala and Tamil Nadu that have not paid the licence fee for playing music for their year-end entertainment programmes. PPL plans legal action if these establishments fail to pay the fees “on time”. Sinclairs at Ooty, Le Waterina and Sangam Hotel at Tiruchirapalli, Sangam Hotels at Thanjavur, Residency Towers, Best Western Swagath Holiday and Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort are some of the hotels served with the notices. “New Year parties attract people as they promise good entertainment, food and beverages. A significant component of the amount charged from customers is for music, an integral element of the entertainment programmes. So, the music companies whose records are used for the event, have a right to claim their due as their products are getting consumed at these events,” said PPL CEO Vipul Pradhan. PPL points out that, under Section- 35 of the Indian Copyright Act, playing commercial music in public places without paying the requisite licence fee is an offence amounting to contempt of court. The tariffs are calculated on the basis of the number of hours the music is to be played and the number of people expected to attend the event. “When it comes to paying for music for commercial use, event organisers often choose to evade the licence fee,” says PPL Country Head (Events) Sowmya Chowdhury.


Pay up for the party December 26th, 2009 By Our Correspondent Tags: Bengaluru, new year party

Party animals will be shelling out a bomb to attend parties this New Year’s Eve. But, what many don’t know is that hotels, lounges, pubs hosting parties also have to pay a tariff of Rs 40,000 onwards (depending on the number of hours for which the music is played) to PPL or Phonographic Performance Ltd (a licensing body registered under the HRD ministry of Government of India). Failing to do this can lead to imprisonment or a penalty in the form of a heavy fine for an infringement of Copyright Act 1957. Many popular New Year party venues haven’t yet paid for the licensing though quite a few of them have confirmed to pay before December 31. According to Sowmya Choudhry, Country Head, Events, PPL, popular party hubs like Hotel Park and Styx Pub have refused to pay the licensing fees where as, others such as Lalit Ashok, Taj Residency, Taj Gateway, Taj West End, Leela Palace, The Oberoi have promised to pay before December 31. “When we ask the licensing fees from party organisers, a majority of them get uncomfortable paying their dues. But, we have agencies working under us who monitor these parties and if needed we even take cases to the court and stop these parties,” says Sowmya. As a result many are not happy with the situation. They feel that after spending thousands, one should be able to party peacefully without any interruption. “Club owners and party organisers think only of business and don’t care much about the festive spirit,” says Yougen Tshering Lama, a regular partygoer. But there are others who feel that even if the organisers haven’t paid the licensing fees but are successful in keeping the spirit of the party alive, ‘it’s absolutely fine to spend thousands’. “New Year celebrations happen once a year. I don’t mind blowing Rs 20003000 or more for an awesome party,” says Sangey Rinzing Bhutia, a graduate from St Joseph’s College, Arts and Science. The Park will be paying the licensing fees for New Year’s Eve. “We have time till December 31,” says a source from the hotel.


PPL slams legal notice on hotels ahead of new year revelry The gala night celebration on the eve of the New Year-2010 at some of the leading hotels and pubs across the country, including Orissa is likely to be a dampener with the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) serving legal notices on them. PPL, the apex licensing arm of the Indian Music Industry has issued legal notices to some well known hotels and pubs which have not paid the requisite music license fee to play music at their year-end events. The legal notices have been issued to hotels and pubs in locations like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Goa and Bhubaneswar. Toshali Sands, Puri is the only hotel in Orissa to have figured in the list of defaulting hotels throughout the country who have been issued legal notices by PPL. PPL has threatened to initiate legal action against these hotels if they fail to pay the required license fee ahead of their planned events. The non-payment of the license fee can lead to up to three years of imprisonment and a penalty of Rs two lakh. "New Year parties attract people promising them a good time through a combination of entertainment, food and beverage. A significant component of the sum charged from the customers is for music – an integral element of entertainment. Therefore, the music companies whose sound recording is regularly used have a right towards claiming their due because their product is getting consumed too", Vipul Pradhan , chief executive officer, PPL said in a release. According to Avinash D'Souza, national sales manager, PPL, "Music labels have complete authority over the sound recordings and using them without a proper license can bring the events and parties to a standstill. People should also act pro actively and check with their chosen properties to avoid a last minute inconvenience or embarrassment." Under the statutory sanction of Section 35 of the Indian Copyright Act, playing commercial music in public without paying the requisite license fee is an offence liable to contempt of court. Section 35 grants exclusivity to PPL to issue licences to hotels and pubs for playing music during the events in their respective premises. The tariff for the same is calculated on the basis of the number of hours the music is to be played and the number of people expected to attend the event.


No copyright music without licence this year 31 Dec 2009, 0026 hrs IST, Amit Sharma, ET Bureau NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Pubs and discotheques will have to dance to the tune of the music industry to go ahead with their high-voltage New Year parties, thanks to a Bombay High Court order on Wednesday that barred hotels and other commercial establishments in the city from playing copyright music without licence. Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), the government recognised music copyright protection body, has also secured a similar interim injunction from the Delhi High Court for the capital. PPL, which is engaged in copyright-related issues for its members such as Saregama, T-Series, Tips, Venus and Sony BMG, has intensified its campaign against music piracy and illegal public performance across the country to double its licence fee earnings this financial year to Rs 20 crore. “We want to make sure that ignorance is no more an excuse for event organisers and have started the awareness campaign in more than 20 cities,” says Sowmya Choudhary, country head, events, at Phonographic Performance. It has started a Rs 20-crore month-long campaign in newspapers, radio and local TV networks to aid its efforts. It has set up vigilance teams to check violations in cities such as Kolkata, Bangalore, Jaipur, Himachal Pradesh, Pune, Haryana, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Goa and Bhubaneswar. These teams will be accompanied by police officers. The campaign has paid dividends as more than 47 pubs and discotheques in Delhi alone have already got fresh licences for playing music at New Year parties. “We have prepared a list of commercial establishments across India that have not obtained a license from us,” said Mr Choudhary. PPL will take legal action against these establishments if they play the music without paying the royalty, he added. In 2008-09, the organisation earned more than Rs 10-crore as fee from event performance licensing with more than 40% of it coming through licences procured by pubs and discotheques during New Year Eve festivities. The cost of a license can range from Rs 40,000 to Rs 1,00,000 for about six hours of public performance, depending on the number of people expected to attend the event. Phonographic Performance dragged 17 hotels including J W Marriot, Taj Group and Leela Kempinski in its petition in the Mumbai court. The division bench of Justice S A Bobde and Justice Anoop Mohta accepted the undertakings submitted by most of the hotels that they will not play songs of PPL members without licence. JW Marriot, Leela Kempinski, Le Meridien and Taj Group Hotels have already obtained


the licences. PPL also served legal notices to 17 pubs and discotheques across the Delhi-NCR region including PVR Bluo Entertainment, DLF Promenade Mall, Ansal Plaza Mall, Polka Restobar and Parikrama Restaurants. While DLF Promenade vice-president Pushpa Bector said the mall has already acquired a three-year license from the PPL, Parikrama has decided to party without copyright music. “We have not got a PPL license because we intend to have a buffet in the restaurant, without any public music performance,� said Rajneesh Khanna, general manager at Parikrama Revolving Restaurants. Under Section- 35 of the Indian Copyright Act, playing commercial music in public places without paying licence fee is an offence amounting to contempt of court.


No playing songs without licence: Bombay high court Hetal Vyas / DNA Thursday, December 31, 2009 1:47 IST Mumbai: The vacation bench of the Bombay high court on Wednesday passed several directions to various hotels in Mumbai, Pune and Goa regarding the playing of music under copyright for the New Year parties. Last week, a single judge of the vacation court had granted relief for hotels holding Christmas and New Year parties by refusing to restrain them from playing music without paying royalties to Phonographic Performances Limited (PPL). On Wednesday, the PPL filed an appeal before a division bench, following which, directions were passed and undertakings were filed by some hotels. The PPL had dragged 17 hotels, including the JW Marriot, Taj Lands End, Supreme Heritage, Gallops, Hard Rock Cafe, Imperial Banquets and Leela Kempenski as respondents in its petition. Last week, justice KK Tated had refused to grant interim relief to PPL. The division bench of justice SA Bobde and justice Anoop Mohta accepted the undertakings submitted by most of the hotels and held that, in no case, shall the hotels play any songs owned by PPL without obtaining licence first. The JW Marriot said that they had already obtained the licence and will be paying the licence fee. While some hotels have informed that they will not play any songs owned by the PPL, some others have undertaken to obtain a licence in case they intend to play music owned by PPL.


The high court has directed those hotels to intimate the list to the PPL by noon on December 31. The PPL had contended that hotels make huge profits by playing their music during Christmas and New Year parties. Playing music of their clients without paying the royalties amounts to infringement of copyright, they said. The hotels had earlier stated that they had paid for the license meant for the whole year, including December 31.


Before big night, pressing the mute button Suanshu Khurana Tags : celebrations, new year Posted: Thursday , Dec 31, 2009 at 0256 hrs New Delhi:

Not being paid the requisite licence is certainly not music to the ears, not for the Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL). The Indian music industry’s licensing arm has served notices to several well-known pubs and restaurants in the Capital that have not paid the licence fee to play music at events on the New Year’s Eve. The PPL on Tuesday got an interim injunction from the Delhi High Court, which directed restaurants, malls and bars in the Capital to pay a licence fee for songs played by them “till next date of hearing”. Vipul Pradhan, chief executive officer of PPL, says, “Pubs and hotels rake in revenues, with customised new year packages ranging from Rs 1,500 to Rs 25,000 each year. But they refuse to pay PPL a nominal tariff of Rs 40,000 onwards (it varies, depending on number of hours for which music is played).” This, Pradhan says, eats into royalties of artistes. Among pubs and restaurants against which the High Court has given the interim injunction are Tivoli Garden Resort, Tonic, Parikrama, Qashqai, DLF Promende (DLF Service Ltd), Tabula Rasa, Polka Restobar, Blanco, Tao Lounge bar, Black and Addiction. The hotels, though, have another tell to tale. Calling PPL’s action “pure harassment”, Sohrab Sitaram, co-owner of Tabula Rasa, says, “I had approached PPL authorities 20 days ago to submit Rs 91,000 they had asked for. They agreed on a discount of 10 per cent then, but later refused to accept anything less than Rs 91,000. So I did not pay the fees.”


Citing a discrepancy, Sitaram says PPL is charging another city restaurant, Thai Hi, Rs 10,000. “They have to be clear about the fee,” he says. Manav Sharma, consultant at Blanco, Khan Market, agrees. “There has to be a rationalisation; they (PPL) are just hitting on easy targets. The court says we have to obtain the licence but no one really knows about the intricacies involved.” Sharma says he is in touch with PPL and awaiting a response on Thursday. “They bring up this issue every year during this time.” Rajneesh Khanna, general manager of the revolving restaurant Parikrama, at Connaught Place, says PPL asked him to pay the licence fees for the last two years as well. “But I had been paying the same fees to T-Series, as we played only their music,” he contends. “Now there has been a merger between T-series and PPL, and PPL wants to mint money out of us.” PPL has got similar injunctions in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala from the respective state High Courts.


No music without obtaining licence from copyright body: HC to hotels Thu, Dec 31 07:15 AM The vacation bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday passed a set of directions to various hotels in the city regarding playing of copyrighted music for the New Year parties. Last week, a single judge of the vacation court had granted relief for hotels by refusing to restrain them from playing music without paying royalties to Phonographic Performances Limited (PPL) on New Year parties. PPL today moved an appeal before a division bench following which various directions were passed and undertakings were filed by some of the hotels. PPL had dragged 17 hotels like J W Marriot, Taj Lands End, Supreme Heritage, Imperial Banquets and Leela Kempenski as respondents in its petition. Vacation judge Justice K K Tated had earlier refused to grant interim relief to PPL, a firm engaged in upholding sound recording copyrights. The Division bench of Justice S A Bobde and Justice Anoop Mohta on Wednesday accepted the undertakings submitted by most of the hotels and held that in no case shall the hotels play any songs owned by PPL without obtaining licence first. J W Marriot has submitted that they have already obtained licence and they will be paying licence fee and play songs under the licence. While some hotels have informed that they won't play any songs owned by PPL, others have undertaken to obtain a licence in case they intend to play music owned by PPL. The court has directed those hotels to intimate the list of music to PPL by noon on Thursday. PPL's petition had contended that hotels make huge profits by playing their music during Christmas and New Year parties. Playing music of their clients without paying them royalties cannot be allowed as it amounts to committing infringement of copy right of their clients, contended PPL. The hotels had earlier contended that they have paid for the licence meant for the whole year including December 31.


No music without obtaining licence from copyright body: HC to hotels Express News Service Tags : court, films Posted: Thursday , Dec 31, 2009 at 0525 hrs Mumbai:

The vacation bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday passed a set of directions to various hotels in the city regarding playing of copyrighted music for the New Year parties. Last week, a single judge of the vacation court had granted relief for hotels by refusing to restrain them from playing music without paying royalties to Phonographic Performances Limited (PPL) on New Year parties. PPL today moved an appeal before a division bench following which various directions were passed and undertakings were filed by some of the hotels. PPL had dragged 17 hotels like J W Marriot, Taj Lands End, Supreme Heritage, Imperial Banquets and Leela Kempenski as respondents in its petition. Vacation judge Justice K K Tated had earlier refused to grant interim relief to PPL, a firm engaged in upholding sound recording copyrights. The Division bench of Justice S A Bobde and Justice Anoop Mohta on Wednesday accepted the undertakings submitted by most of the hotels and held that in no case shall the hotels play any songs owned by PPL without obtaining licence first. J W Marriot has submitted that they have already obtained licence and they will be paying licence fee and play songs under the licence. While some hotels have informed that they won’t play any songs owned by PPL, others have undertaken to obtain a licence in case they intend to play music owned by PPL.


The court has directed those hotels to intimate the list of music to PPL by noon on Thursday. PPL’s petition had contended that hotels make huge profits by playing their music during Christmas and New Year parties. Playing music of their clients without paying them royalties cannot be allowed as it amounts to committing infringement of copy right of their clients, contended PPL. The hotels had earlier contended that they have paid for the licence meant for the whole year including December 31.


HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music Press Trust Of India / New Delhi December 30, 2009, 0:45 IST

The Delhi High Court today directed top restaurants, malls and bars in the national capital to pay license fee to Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), licensing arm of the Indian Music Industry (IMI), for the songs played by them. “It is directed, till next date of hearing, the defendants (restaurants, malls, bars) be permitted to use reproduction, broadcast to the public literary and musical works... by paying a license fee,� a single-member vacation Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta said. Among restaurants, malls and bars are Tivoli Garden Resort, Tonic, Parikrama Restaurant, Hotel City Park, RPM Max, Qashqai, Baci, DLF Promende, Tabula Rasa, Polka Restrobar, Blanco, Tao Lounge Bar, Ansal Plaza, Black, Addiction, Lovely Obsessions and Reverb.


PPL notices may mar New Year bashes in Mumbai By: Anita Iyer

30 Dec 09 18:04 IST

MUMBAI: New Year's eve events at prominent venues in Mumbai may get jeopardised due to the issuing of legal notices by licensing body PPL to defaulting hotels and pubs for not securing licences for public performances for the scheduled events. Interim injunctions have been issued by the Mumbai High court to BJN Hotels Ltd, Hotel Leela Kempinski, Nerul Gymkhana, Suraj Water Park, Marine Centre, Ice n Spice, The Park and BJR (Gallops Mall). PPL has issued notices to all these prominent places which haven’t paid the music licence fee for their venues across the country, say PPL officials. PPL plans to initiate strict legal action against defaulters in case the license fee does not get paid ahead of their planned events. After the injunction, JSM Corporation and Supreme Heritage have agreed to pay the license fee. Hotel Taj Lands End, Tikuji Ni Wadi, Imperial Banquets, Vie Lounge, Le Meridien, Hotel JW Marriot, Hotel Tunga Regency have already paid the licence fees. Says PPL CEO Vipul Pradhan, “New Year parties attract people promising them a good time through a combination of entertainment, food and beverage. A significant component of the sum charged from the customers is for music – an integral element of entertainment. Therefore, the music companies whose sound recording is regularly used have a right towards claiming their due because their product is getting consumed too.” Under the statutory sanction of section 35 in the Indian Copyright Act, playing commercial music in public without paying the requisite licence fee is an offence liable to contempt of court. Section 35 grants exclusivity to PPL to issue licences to hotels/ pubs for playing music during the events in their respective premises. The tariff for the same is calculated on the basis of the number of hours the music is to be played and the number of people expected to attend the event. According to PPL Country Head-Events Sowmya Chowdhury, “Musical nights and customized New year events rake in huge revenues for pubs and organisers. A year ending event cannot be imagined without music! Yet, when it comes to paying for the commercial use of music, the event organizers chose to evade the licence fee.” Asserts PPL National Sales Manager Avinash D'Souza, “Music labels have complete authority over the sound recordings and using them without a proper licence can bring the events & parties to a standstill. People should also act proactively and check with their chosen properties to avoid a last minute inconvenience or embarrassment. To prevent such situations, this year we have expanded our operations to a National Campaign in all major cities.” Every year pubs/ hotels target revenues with customized New Year packages but, according to the PPL, are reluctant to pay licence fees (which varies depending on the number of hours for which the music is played), thus flouting the norms and eating into the royalties of the music labels. Disc Jockeys too need to abide by PPL guidelines if they continue to play music without paying the licence fees.


PPL targets pubs, venues in the capital on New Year's eve By: RnM Team

30 Dec 09 11:55 IST

MUMBAI: After obtaining injunctions in Tier 2 cities in Karnatka and Tamil Nadu last week, Indian Music Industry’s licensing arm- Public Performance License (PPL) is targeting venues in the national capital. PPL on Tuesday secured an order from the Delhi High Court directing malls, pubs to pay the license fee before playing music on the occasion of New Year's eve. The court further directed that they would continue to pay the license fee fixed by the court in September 2005 along with a 15 per cent addition to it. "It is directed that till next date of hearing the defendents (restaurants, malls, bars) are hereby permitted to the use of reproduction, broadcast to the public literary and musical works ... by paying a license fee," a single member vacation bench of Justice Mukta Gupta said on Tuesday. The defaulters in Delhi include Tivoli Garden Resort, Tonic, Parikrama Restaurant, Hotel City Park, RPM Max, Qashqai, Baci, DLF Promende, Tabula Rasa, Polka Restrobar, Blanco, Tao Lounge Bar, Ansal Plaza, Black, Addiction, Lovely Obsessions and Rever. PPL’s petition contended that hotels make huge profits by playing their music during Christmas and New Year parties. Playing music of their clients without paying them royalties cannot be allowed as it amounts to committing infringement of copy right of their clients, argued PPL. However, PPL could not receive an interim relief from Bombay High Court last week against defaulters in Mumbai. In Mumbai, PPL had dragged 17 hotels like J W Marriot, Taj Lands End, Supreme Heritage, Imperial Banquets, Marine Centre, Leela Kempenski,Gallops Banquet Hall for nonpayment of license fee. The hotels contended that they had already paid the annual license including December 31. The court declined to grant a stay and adjourned the hearing till January 2010.


express buzz Kerala: HC bans playing of copyrighted songs Express News Service First Published : 31 Dec 2009 02:15:00 AM IST Last Updated : 31 Dec 2009 08:27:04 AM IST KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday issued an order preventing playing of songs and sound records over which Mumbai-based Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) has exclusive copyright, on December 31 and January 1 at certain hotels and resorts in Thiruvananthapuram district. At present 179 parties including companies, producers, owners and composers, have entered into an agreement with Phonographic Performance Limited for copyright. PPL is issuing licences to resorts and holidays for using sound tracks over which they have copyright. In the petition, PPL alleged that some hotels in Thiruvananthapuram district are using copyrighted sound tracks without licence.


City hotels say the party is still on Submitted by Jatin Malhotra on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 07:27

The city’s five-star hotels are not worried about Phonographic Performances Limited (PPL) dragging them to court over unpaid royalties for music owned by PPL, which the hotels will play at New Year parties on Thursday. A senior official at Juhu’s JW Marriott hotel, which is one of the hotels taken to court by PPL — India’s only music licensing company — said: “We’ve procured all necessary licenses, including PPL and IPRS, for our New Year’s Eve party.” For other events around the year, PPL licenses have to be obtained by the hotel hosting the event, the organiser (if any) and the DJ hired to play the music. DJ Lloyd, who will play at Marriott’s New Year bash said: “I have a PPL license, which lets me play music owned by PPL. I don’t know about this court development. I’m sure Marriott has obtained their licenses. Ultimately, artists and DJs like us suffer the consequences of these last minute rules. This seems to be a money-making racket — to enforce laws just before a major event.” PPL dragged 17 Mumbai hotels, including Taj Lands End and Leela Kempenski to the high court, saying they were playing copyrighted music without paying royalty.


No copyright music without licence this year Pubs and discotheques will have to dance to the tune of the music industry to go ahead with their high-voltage New Year parties, thanks to a Bombay High Court order on Wednesday that barred hotels and other commercial establishments in the city from playing copyright music without licence. Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), the government recognised music copyright protection body, has also secured a similar interim injunction from the Delhi High Court for the capital. PPL, which is engaged in copyright-related issues for its members such as Saregama, T-Series, Tips, Venus and Sony BMG, has intensified its campaign against music piracy and illegal public performance across the country to double its licence fee earnings this financial year to Rs 20 crore. “We want to make sure that ignorance is no more an excuse for event organisers and have started the awareness campaign in more than 20 cities,” says Sowmya Choudhary, country head, events, at Phonographic Performance. It has started a Rs 20-crore month-long campaign in newspapers, radio and local TV networks to aid its efforts. It has set up vigilance teams to check violations in cities such as Kolkata, Bangalore, Jaipur, Himachal Pradesh, Pune, Haryana, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Goa and Bhubaneswar. These teams will be accompanied by police officers. The campaign has paid dividends as more than 47 pubs and discotheques in Delhi alone have already got fresh licences for playing music at New Year parties. “We have prepared a list of commercial establishments across India that have not obtained a license from us,” said Mr Choudhary. PPL will take legal action against these establishments if they play the music without paying the royalty, he added. In 2008-09, the organisation earned more than Rs 10-crore as fee from event performance licensing with more than 40% of it coming through licences procured by pubs and discotheques during New Year Eve festivities. The cost of a license can range from Rs 40,000 to Rs 1,00,000 for about six hours of public performance, depending on the number of people expected to attend the event. Phonographic Performance dragged 17 hotels including J W Marriot, Taj Group and


Leela Kempinski in its petition in the Mumbai court. The division bench of Justice S A Bobde and Justice Anoop Mohta accepted the undertakings submitted by most of the hotels that they will not play songs of PPL members without licence. JW Marriot, Leela Kempinski, Le Meridien and Taj Group Hotels have already obtained the licences. PPL also served legal notices to 17 pubs and discotheques across the Delhi-NCR region including PVR Bluo Entertainment, DLF Promenade Mall, Ansal Plaza Mall, Polka Restobar and Parikrama Restaurants. While DLF Promenade vice-president Pushpa Bector said the mall has already acquired a three-year license from the PPL, Parikrama has decided to party without copyright music. “We have not got a PPL license because we intend to have a buffet in the restaurant, without any public music performance,� said Rajneesh Khanna, general manager at Parikrama Revolving Restaurants. Under Section- 35 of the Indian Copyright Act, playing commercial music in public places without paying licence fee is an offence amounting to contempt of court.


Court orders restaurants, malls to pay licence fee for music Plea filed by PPL, the licensing arm of Indian Music Industry NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Capital’s top restaurants, malls and bars to pay licence fee to the Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), the licensing arm of Indian Music Industry (IMI), for the songs played by them. “It is directed that till the next date of hearing the defendants (restaurants, malls, bars) are hereby permitted to the use of reproduction, broadcast to the public literary and musical works …. by paying a licence fee,” said a single-member Vacation Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta. Among the restaurants, malls and bars are Tivoli Garden Resort, Tonic, Parikrama Restaurant, Hotel City Park, RPM Max, Qashqai, Baci, DLF Promende, Tabula Rasa, Polka Restobar, Blanco, Tao Lounge bar, Ansal Plaza, Black, Addiction, Lovely Obsessions and Reverb. The Court’s direction came on a plea filed by PPL which contended it was entitled to licence fee for the music played by restaurants, malls and bars on the occasion of the New Year. The Court directed that the restaurants, malls and bars would continue to pay the licence fee fixed by it in September 2005 along with a 15 per cent addition. It also directed the restaurants, malls and bars to maintain proper accounts of the music over the amount charges and file an affidavit within a week. – PTI


Court Orders Restaurants, Malls To Pay Licence Fee For Music

By akansha, Section News Posted on Wed Dec 30, 2009 at 01:34:04 AM EST The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Capital's top restaurants, malls and bars to pay licence fee to the Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), the licensing arm of Indian Music Industry (IMI), for the songs played by them. "It is directed that till the next date of hearing the defendants (restaurants, malls, bars) are hereby permitted to the use of reproduction, broadcast to the public literary and musical works .... by paying a licence fee," said a single-member Vacation Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta. Among the restaurants, malls and bars are Tivoli Garden Resort, Tonic, Parikrama Restaurant, Hotel City Park, RPM Max, Qashqai, Baci, DLF Promende, Tabula Rasa, Polka Restobar, Blanco, Tao Lounge bar, Ansal Plaza, Black, Addiction, Lovely Obsessions and Reverb. The Court's direction came on a plea filed by PPL which contended it was entitled to licence fee for the music played by restaurants, malls and bars on the occasion of the New Year. The Court directed that the restaurants, malls and bars would continue to pay the licence fee fixed by it in September 2005 along with a 15 per cent addition. It also directed the restaurants, malls and bars to maintain proper accounts of the music over the amount charges and file an affidavit within a week.

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