The IPRS whole heartedly welcomes the decision of the Union Cabinet on July 4th 2018, as reported by the PIB, that India would accede to the “Internet Treaties” namely the WIPO Copyright Treaty (“WCT”) and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT). This is an extremely positive development which will greatly benefit the Indian creative industries. While India had aligned its Copyright law with the WCT & WPPT in 2012, the formal accession by India to these Treaties will greatly help the Indian creative industry by ensuring creators and creative businesses benefit from the digital and online dissemination of their works protected under the Berne Convention and other Treaties. The WCT and WPPT will also formalise India’s existing commitment to enhance the protection of works by mandating technological protection measures as also ensure the reliability of digital/online marketplaces by preventing the tampering or dilution of rights management information. IPRS and its entire membership support and thank the Government of India headed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for its decision.
Mr. Javed Akhtar, poet, script writer and lyricist and Chairman of IPRS said, “Full credit is due to Shri. Suresh Prabhu the Minister Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (“DIPP”) as well as to the stellar team at DIPP comprising of Shri. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Shri. Rajiv Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Shri. Sushil Satpute, Director and Shri. Hoshiar Singh The Registrar Copyrights for ensuring that India truly mainstreams its copyright sector into the rapidly growing digital markets. This will benefit creators as the Berne Convention will find firm footing in the digital domain. I congratulate and thank the Government of India for this positive decision and for supporting artistes and the creative sector”
Mr. Raju Singh Composer and Director IPRS said, “India is truly now a part of the world-wide market in relation to creative works. The decision of the Cabinet to become part of the internet Treaties is the one thing we need to signify the arrival of India’s truly significant soft power signified by its creative industries. Congratulations to the Government!”
Mr. Rakesh Nigam CEO, IPRS said, “it is heartening to see how serious the Government in its efforts to see that the interests of the creative sector are protected not only in India, but that the sector is able to benefit from a harmonised system across the world. The decision of the Cabinet to accede to the Internet Treaties will ensure that IPRS and the copyright sector in India is able to secure due benefits from around the world in a more efficient manner, particularly in the digital domain”
Mr. Vikram Mehra, MD of Saregama India Ltd and Director of IPRS said, “The Cabinet decision to bring India into the WIPO Internet Treaties’ fold is a very positive development. Securing and protecting the right of distribution and dissemination in the online and digital space is just the push needed to ensure that copyright sector truly benefits from the rapid expansion of digital and online platforms in India. Kudos to the DIPP!”
IPRS is the sole Indian copyright society, registered under the Copyright Act, 1957, administering musical works and literary works associated with musical works. The members of IPRS comprise of Authors (lyricists), Music Composers and Music Publishers.
Located in a former mill, the Mumbai outpost of the US chain of resto-bars has a mixed reputation among the city's musicians. In the first couple of years after opening, in 2006, indie rock acts were often asked to include a stipulated number of cover songs in their set lists. These days, Hard Rock Café, which hosts gigs every Tuesday and Thursday night, sticks mostly to cover bands, with a couple of dates a month spared for indie groups. Skip these gigs, and come here only for the ticketed events, when one of the seating areas is cleared to make room for a larger stage, for performances by Indian indie icons (folk-fusion veterans Indian Ocean, electro-rock superstars Pentagram), international chart toppers (Wyclef Jean, Jay Sean) or club-packing DJs (Bob Sinclair, Paul van Dyk). Be warned, though: the waiters break into a synchronised jig every time the Village People's "YMCA" comes on.
Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, + 91 22 2438 2888, Hardrockindiablog.com. Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary