Bollywood Music Played During Wedding and Celebrations is not Against Copyright: Union Government

New Delhi: The Union government has made a significant move to solve a persistent issue brought up by the hospitality industry. They have issued a guideline that makes it legal for Bollywood music to be played during wedding ceremonies and other similar events without running the danger of legal repercussions for copyright infringement. Event planners, hotels, and individuals planning festivities who frequently found themselves caught in pointless legal battles and financial hardships owing to demands for license payments by copyright firms are greatly relieved by this ruling.

The playing of copyrighted music at such events was already permitted by the Copyright Act of 1957, but copyright societies insisted on receiving royalties for the tunes, which created disputes and complicated situations for all parties concerned. The department of promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT) has finally explained the situation through a public announcement on July 24 in response to several concerns from the general public and stakeholders.

In accordance with an exemption provided by Section 52 (1) (za) of the Copyright Act, performing or communicating literary, dramatic, or musical works during legitimate religious or official ceremonies hosted by the federal, state, or any municipal authority is permitted without violating copyright.
The marriage processions and related social events are covered by this exemption because they are regarded as religious rites under this clauses.

The playing of copyrighted music at such events was already permitted by the Copyright Act of 1957, but copyright societies insisted on receiving royalties for the tunes, which created disputes and complicated situations for all parties concerned. The department of promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT) has finally explained the situation through a public announcement on July 24 in response to several concerns from the general public and stakeholders.

The DPIIT has clearly warned copyright societies to refrain from taking any acts that would violate section 52 (1) (za) in reaction to this provision in order to avoid suffering legal repercussions. The general public has also been warned not to accede to any unjustified requests from people, groups, or copyright societies that contravene this clause.

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