Copyright Law Changes in India

In June of this year, the Copyright (Amendment) Act 2012 came into force in India.

The changes in the law may mark the start of a period of uncertaintly for the Indian entertainment industry as bodies with conflicting interests battle out their differing views on how the amendments should be interpreted.

A copy of the new amendment can be found here. The original Copyright Act 1957 text can be found here.

For an interesting overview of the changes please see pages 20-36 in SoundBox India – June 2012 issue, a link to which can be found here.

EMI Taking Back Digital Rights From ASCAP

According to HypeBot, “…In a radical shift, EMI Music Publishing today announced that it is taking back the responsibility for licensing digital rights in North American from ASCAP. The performance rights society will continue to license EMI’s performance rights for traditional media services, including television and radio stations…

…For EMI, the change is designed to streamline the performance rights licensing process for its EMI April Music catalog to for audio streams, streaming video, cloud music and other similar services. April Music is one of EMI’s two largest catalogs, featuring almost  200,000 songs. Now, they can easily license many digital services  whether they need a mechanical license, a synchronization license, a  performance license or all three…” (Bruce Houghton, HypeBot).