Mumbai: The Telecom Regulatory Authority India (TRAI) has released recommendations on FM radio broadcasting in order
NEW DELHI: Riddled by a difference of opinion between the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the Human Resource Development Ministry, the Copyright (Amendment) Bill was not placed for consideration by the Union Cabinet at its meeting here.
The legislation, which has been seen by stakeholders and the Departmentally-related Parliamentary Committee, would have gone to Parliament after approval of the Cabinet. It will now be placed before the Cabinet after both Ministries agree on the changes.
It is understood that the HRD Ministry made several changes, contrary to the report of the Parliamentary Committee.
The amendments to the Copyright Bill were supposed to drop the controversial statutory licensing clause for radio broadcast.
The amendment to the Copyright Act 1958, aims at according un-assignable rights to ?creative artists? such as lyricists, playback singers, music directors, film directors, dialogue writers who will be paid royalty every time the movie they have worked in is aired on a television channel.
The Bill has also been challenged by the film industry, book publishers and the broadcasting industry.
The legislation was opposed in Parliament in the last session over the statutory licencing for radio broadcast of literary and musical works.
Meanwhile, India?s radio operators are protesting the move by the HRD Ministry to significantly alter an earlier version of the Copyright Amendment Bill 2010.
Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI) president Anurradha Prasad has written to I&B Minister Ambika Soni pointing out the adverse impact of a proposed change in the Bill by the HRD Ministry from the previous versions.
Prasad told Indiantelevision.com that the version of the Bill, which was tabled in the Parliament late last year, mandates statutory licensing of music by a body called Copyright Board, at rates prescribed by that agency. Now there is a proposal to delete the statutory licensing clause.
"Absence of such a regulation would mean that there would be too many bodies and companies demanding different royalty rates and representing different rights. Statutory licensing makes it easier for both radio companies to pay royalty and for music companies to collect royalty. This in fact is the only practical way as otherwise rate disputes and rights disputes would hamper growth of both radio and music industries," Prasad said in her letter to Soni.
Prasad said the distribution of royalty between various music right owners was best managed by the Copyright Board as per laws and regulations existing from time to time. "The scenario desired is one collection and distribution agency governed by Copyright Board to whom radio can pay royalty and obtain statutory license," she said.