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Create, Copy, DisruptIndia's Intellectual Property Dilemmas$
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Prashant Reddy T. and Sumathi Chandrashekaran

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199470662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470662.001.0001

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Akhtar Rescripts Copyright Law

Akhtar Rescripts Copyright Law

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(p.184) 7 Akhtar Rescripts Copyright Law*
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Create, Copy, Disrupt
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Prashant Reddy T.

Sumathi Chandrashekaran

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470662.003.0007

This chapter details the background to the revolutionary Copyright (Amendment), Act, 2012, which aimed to radically alter the equations in the Indian music industry. This story begins at the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS), a copyright society, which was taken over from composers and lyricists by some of the biggest music labels in India. The takeover happened through a series of orders from an obscure court located in Barasat, West Bengal. The edging out of composers and lyricists from the management of IPRS provoked a counterattack by lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar. He took it upon himself to lead Indian lyricists and poets in a successful lobbying effort, which pitted the creative community against the moneybags who controlled the production houses and music labels. The end result of this lobbying effort was the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012, which provided the composers and lyricists with powerful new rights.

Keywords:   Javed Akhtar, music, Bollywood, lyrics, music label, Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS), ringtones, copyright society, Copyright (Amendment) Act 2012, soundtrack

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