According to IPRS, the suggestions for amendments are almost ready,
and revolve around the fact that such a policy should be "frequently
re-visited to keep pace with the changes in technology."
At a roundtable on IPR, broadcasters and performing artistes here,
organised by Ficci, IPRS representatives said that there is blatant
flouting of even existing norms and that performers are not getting
their due right.
In this regard, IPRS is working towards a model where performing
artistes would get royalty for their work from the media and other
channels for usage.
"The IPR Act should be frequently revised, as done in Japan,
so that the law can keep pace with the fast-changing technology,"
an IPRS executive said, pointing out that legal proceedings need
to be established, implemented stringently and adhered to by the
IPRS also feels that all channels, including TV and radio, need
to notify in advance when and where works of performing arts would
be used by them. This way, the organisation felt, there would be
some uniformity in the industry.
Meanwhile, speaking at the same roundtable, Prasar Bharati CEO KS
Sarma announced that All India Radio, had decided to pay royalty
to Indian music performers, on 2 October. Earlier, only the Western
music performers were being paid the royalty.
The Prasar Bharati chief also urged the government to support the
treaty, now under consideration at the World Intellectual Property
Organisation, which aims at protecting the interests of performers
as well as producers.