Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked
Maharashtra government to consider withdrawing its circular
de-recognising the NGO `The Indian Performing Rights Society
Limited` (IPRS), which safeguards the copyrights of music
composers and lyricists.
The court also asked the NGO to withdraw its notice to
all auditoriums in the city demanding mandatory NOC from IPRS
before screening plays and shows.
A division bench of Justices P B Majmudar and Mridula
Bhatkar was hearing a petition filed by IPRS challenging the
circular dated August 10 issued by the government stating that
only the permission of the Stage Performance Scrutiny Board of
the government was required for auditoriums.
According to the circular, the board received several
complaints against IPRS of malpractices.
The court asked the NGO to partially withdraw its
notification and told them that they could still penalize
those auditoriums which violate the copyright law.
The matter has been adjourned till Monday by when both
the NGO and government will have to inform the court if they
accept the suggestion made by the bench.
IPRS in its petition have claimed that its main objective
is to protect the rights of its over 2,500 members against