ROYALTY TARIFF SCHEME BY IPRS FOR LIVE EVENTS STREAMED ONLINE – Eshwars
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ROYALTY TARIFF SCHEME BY IPRS FOR LIVE EVENTS STREAMED ONLINE

As the concerts and events are conducted virtually now in the wake of COVID-19, Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS), the registered copyright society in India for artists proposed a  new tariff scheme applicable to public performances of  live streaming of online events of musical and literary works by way of live performances or music videos and disc jockey earlier this month. According to this new tariff schemes by IPRS, any free, advertisement supported or ticketed events without sponsor and any sponsored or ticketed event with sponsor were to be charged Rs.20000/- and Rs.60000/- respectively for each event with duration of up to 2 hours. The tariff scheme further lays down the condition on the licensee to take additional applicable licenses required for the exploitation of such works.  As mentioned in the document released by IPRS, the tariff scheme was subject to the approval of the members of IPRS in the general meeting. However, there was no further statement by IPRS on whether the tariff scheme was approval in its general body meeting. As a result of which concerns were raised by the artist group on the charging of royalties for a free or non- sponsored programme.

To address the concerns raised by the artist groups, IPRS on 25th July through a press release explained that the proposed tariff scheme was subject to the approval of IPRS general body and was released ahead of its general meeting inviting comments from its stakeholders. The press release clarified the following:

1. Any live online events which is sponsored, branded, co-branded, ticketed or paid in any form should pay royalties to the authors and creators.

2. The payment of royalty is not applicable for any free events on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram which are not sponsored/branded or co-branded/paid for in way or form during the lockdown or COVID-19, classical, devotional, or folk music events.

IPRS through the press conference also informed that a revised and rationalised tariff scheme which balances the interests of the copyright owners and creators shall be released soon and highlighted that it is not charging the tariff proposed earlier.

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