Union Minister Piyush Goyal emphasizes on bringing all copyright societies related to music industry on a single platform to bolster India’s Soft Power for Amrit Kaal

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: Mumbai, November 7, 2023

Union Commerce and Industry and Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution and Textiles Minister Shri Piyush Goyal  participated in the Copyright Stakeholders’ Meeting held with different representatives of the Copyright Societies and Indian Music Industry, in Mumbai today. The Union Minister has reiterated the commitment of the Government under the leadership of the PM Shri Narendra Modi to protect the culture, heritage and diversity represented by the Cinema, Film and Music industry. The entire industry should come to one platform for enhancing the creative industry and strengthening its soft-power in Amrit Kaal, stated Shri Goyal in course of the meeting. He further said that music industry royalty collection has jumped 10 times in last couple of years and still the industry has a huge potential to offer more. The industry representatives have expressed the pressing issues of the industry in their growth, especially on royalty distribution, statutory licensing mainly under Section 31(d), single window licensing, inclusive representation in the copyright society’s board etc. The Union Minister emphasized on the need to respect fair and equitable distribution of royalty as per the terms decided. The issues of extension of statutory licensing on Internet were also discussed which will be revisited after consultation with the stakeholders.

Union Commerce and Industry Minister has emphasized on having equitable representation in Copyright societies with inclusive approach to have representation of women and equal rights for smaller artists. Copyright societies will review their Article of Association and discuss all such issues in a common forum. The copyright societies have been asked to resolve the disputes collectively, wherein the Minister formed a Committee having representation of all relevant copyright societies to discuss the issues related to the creative industry. The committee shall be chaired by Shri Anoop Jalota, wherein the committee will submit report with solutions on their issues within 30 days’ time.  The vision of the Central Government is to bring the different sections of the creative industry to work as one unit and enhance the contribution with inclusive approach taking care of small and marginalized creators, producers and musicians so that their creative contribution is respected.




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