The Indian Performing Right Society Limited has been permitted back into the international network of authors’ societies after two of years of reform.
IPRS was temporarily excluded from the world’s largest international network of authors’ societies, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in 2016, after an agreement review by CISAC found serious shortcomings and lack of compliance with CISAC’s rules. That decision, taken by CISAC’s Board of Directors and General Assembly, has now been reversed following the improvements made in the society’s governance.
CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said,
“India is an important market with a huge potential for creators and the creative industries. We are delighted to have IPRS back in our global network, following extensive reforms conducted at the society with CISAC’s support and guidance. CISAC’s best practice rules ensure high standards and mutual trust among our member societies and, as the India case shows, they also act as a lever for positive reforms where needed.”
Since 2016 and for over 2 years, CISAC has been working with IPRS to monitor, direct and help the society to improve its operations and bring into line its global best practices in corporate governance, transparency, licensing, collections and distribution of royalties. CISAC has also noted that the Government of India has granted registration to IPRS once again under the Indian copyright law.
Former CISAC Vice President and IPRS Chairman Javed Akhtar said,
“This homecoming is the occasion to acknowledge the decisive support received from the Government of India when all hope was lost as well as the unsparing assistance from and support of CISAC towards transparency and a compliant IPRS, for which the creative community will be forever grateful. Now we must look to the future. I want to assure all those who entrust their copyrights to the ‘new IPRS’, of our determination to become in the shortest possible time, a world-class Society, accurately tracking and monetizing all usage of their musical works in the country.”
CISAC conducts regular random compliance reviews among its 239 member societies in 122 countries. Since introducing the compliance review scheme in 2009, more than 90 members have undergone reviews.