After being registered as a Copyright Society, ISRA has made great efforts and persistence to get India to Agree to the WCT (WIPO Copyright Treaty) and WPPT (WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty), the two International Treaties on Copyright & Neighbouring Rights. Highlight is that the provisions of the two treaties were already incorporated within the Indian Copyright Act in 2012 itself.
“This was very frustrating” CEO of ISRA Mr. Sanjay Tandon said, “When I visited the societies in the UK and the USA etc, they said that they can’t enforce Indian Singers Rights in their Country and give them their Royalty. This was shocking that even though provisions in India’s Copyright Act were much better and advanced than their Country, they said this. I then decided to pursue our government to sign and Accede to these two treaties. I am so happy that at last India Accedes to these two treaties as the Cabinet approves accession to WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996 and WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty, 1996 on 4th July 2018. It is a great step forward in the Copyright Scene of India and this will go a long way to establish the Indian Performers Rights in the World.”
According to the release by Press Information Bureau, Government of India, India has now Acceded to these 2 Treaties. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal submitted by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry regarding accession to the WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performers and Phonograms Treaty which extends coverage of copyright to the internet and digital environment.
“On behalf of all the Singers of India, I thank the present government of India under Shri Narendra Modi and the DIPP together with the Registrar of Copyright to have taken up the ISRA request of acceding to the two Treaties and did the needful quickly so that singers don’t continue to get harmed anymore.”
WIPO Copyright Treaty came in force on March 6, 2002 and has been adopted by 96 contracting parties till date and is a Special agreement under Berne Convention (for protection of literary and artistic works). It has provisions to extend the protection of copyrights contained therein to the digital environment. Further it recognises the rights specific to digital environment, of making work available, to address “on-demand” and other interactive modes of access,
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty came in force on May 20, 2002 and has 96 contracting parties as its members. WPPT deals with rights of two kinds of beneficiaries, particularly in digital environment – (i) Performers (actors, singers, musicians etc.) (ii) Producers of Phonograms (Sound recordings). The treaty empowers right owners in their negotiations with new digital platforms and distributors. It recognizes moral rights of the performers for the first time & provides exclusive economic rights to them.