The copyright society, Indian Singers’ Rights Association (ISRA) signed an agreement with Spanish society AIE to protect the interest of artists in India and Spain. Sanjay Tandon, CEO & co-founder of ISRA, said, “It is a great occasion as the two performing rights societies ISRA and AIE, Spain enter into a bilateral agreement.”
Tandon explained, “By signing this agreement the path has been laid, now if Indian songs are played in Spain, the musicians stand to benefit and are entitled to royalties. Similarly, users in India play songs of Spanish artists would need to pay ISRA royalties which ISRA will then pass it on to AIE.”
ISRA is a non-profit organization formed in 2013 to fight for the royalty rights of singers. The Copyright Amendment Act, 2013, states that a singer as a performer shall be entitled for royalties from those using their voices for commercial programmes. Recently, the government body received approximately Rs 52 lakh which was distributed to 730 singers from the industry.
The association has been fighting for the royalty rights since 2013, while the breakthrough amendment in the Copyright Act of 1957, ‘Performer’s Right’ came into effect in June 2012. “We are looking forward to a long term relationship with AIE and having Bilateral Agreements with the other European societies,” added Tandon.
AIE is a group, solidary and democratic non-profit society that oversees and protects the privileges of music arists in Spain, in all of Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, Asia and in all nations and areas where the licensed innovation privileges of musicians are regarded and respected. AIE has in excess of 23,000 individuals in Spain and speaks to, through the worldwide database of specialists made by AIE, together with the other administration elements, the collection of in excess of 800,000 entertainers, which makes them compelling their rights through intermittent appropriation forms.