Google and IPRS Sign A Music Licensing Deal for India

News    June 15, 2019
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The Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS) has granted the music license to the tech giant, Google, permitting the company to utilize its group member work collection across Google-owned YouTube and other related services in the country. Registered under the Copyright Act, 1957, the IPRS is a copyright body, of music owners, including composers, lyricists, and the music publishers, and is authorized to issue the license to permit usage of music by any person in India. Christophe Muller, Global Head of Music Licensing, at YouTube said that “This is yet another step in YouTube’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that writers, composers and publishers continue to be paid fairly and that our users are able to enjoy their favourite songs and discover new music on YouTube”.

Muller also added that the deal with IPRS will bring more value to composers, songwriters and artists, and offer a wonderful experience to the music fans across the nation. Lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar, Chairman of IPRS, termed the deal a watershed moment for Indian authors, music publishers and music composers. He commented that “IPRS is determined to ensure that this relationship augers well and proves beneficial to the creative fraternity in India. This deal between IPRS and Google for its YouTube and other related services will provide benefits to the creators and members of IPRS in a tangible and meaningful way”.

Source credit:  Business Today, Tribune India

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