“A new chapter has started!” – Javed Akhtar
Mumbai, April 6th, 2017: Fresh elections were held after more than a decade in the revamped IPRS, in which both the authors (music composers and lyricists) and publishers (music labels) participated. These elections have the backing of the entire author and publisher community in India. Veteran poet and lyricist, Shri Javed Akhtar was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the new board.
The revamped IPRS has adopted a new working constitution and is fully in sync with the Amended Copyright Act. The primary objective of this constitution is to ensure rightful royalty flow to all the rights owner, while simplifying licensing process for the end users.
Shri Javed Akhtar said, “IPRS has turned over a new page and a new chapter has started, where there is no WE and THEM, only US. Writers, composers and publishers have risen above the past conflicts and have a taken a pledge to work together for the enhancement of Indian Music Industry’s reach and prosperity.”
“This is a historic moment for the music industry, and will act as catalyst of growth for all stakeholders. We look forward to IPRS achieving new heights under the leadership of Javed saab” said Vikram Mehra, Managing Director, Saregama India Ltd.
The newly elected members on the board are Javed Akhtar, Shridhar Subramaniam, Aashish Rego, Kumar Taurani, Rajinder Singh Panesar, Devraj Sanyal, G.V. Prakash Kumar, Ganesh Jain, Anupam Roy, Mandar Thakur, Sahithi Cherukupalli and Vikram Mehra.
Background: The Indian Performing Right Society Ltd. (IPRS), which came into existence in 1969, is a representative body of owners of music — the composers, lyricists (or authors) and the publishers of music. It is also the sole authorised body to issue licences for usage of musical works and literary music within India by any person. IPRS represents Publishers, Authors and Composers of Music from all over India and is affiliated with similar Societies in other countries of the World to represent International Music as well.
Ever since music companies seized control of the governance of the organisation, leaving lyricists and music composers out in the cold, IPRS was seen as a society of very questionable motives, which did not work for all its members. After the Copyright Act was amended in 2012, it gave lyricists, writers and composers clear safeguards to secure and protect their rights. Thus, it was time for all that to change.
SWA congratulates all those who paved the path of the much-needed reforms at IPRS and made this historic day come true. Onwards, now!