IPL teams can’t play Bollywood music till 19 April: High Court


Delhi High Court on Saturday restrained the BCCI and seven IPL teams from playing Bollywood songs without the permission of the members of a singers’ association.

The HC directive didn’t include Delhi Daredevils.

The ruling came after the Indian Singers Rights Association (ISRA), a body registered as the first copyright society, moved the court seeking an injunction against the IPL teams.

The petitioner had argued that playing of songs without the approval from the members of the body was tantamount to infringement of “performer’s rights.”

According to Press Trust of India, the court asked event management firm – DNA Entertainment Networks Pvt Ltd – and its Manager of Operations to refrain from playing the songs till 19 April, the next date of hearing, when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would also response to the notice.

“Till the next date, defendants shall remain restrained from in any manner communicating to the public (via radio, TV, mobile phones or any other medium) ISRA’s repertoire, during IPL matches, comprising of performances of all its members (live or recorded), without obtaining a Performer’s Rights Clearance Certificate from ISRA, or doing any other act infringing the members performers’ rights or doing any act violating the members Right to Receive Royalty,” Justice Vipin Sanghi was quoted by PTI.

The lawsuit filed by advocate Pravin Anand on behalf of ISRA, whose members include Lata Mangeshkar, Alka Yagnik, Asha Bhosle and Kailash Kher, alleged that till date, neither the IPL teams nor the event management firm has paid royalty for the previous years and not obtained permission from it for playing of songs of its members in this year’s IPL matches.

The IPL teams which have to reply to ISRA’s allegations are Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, King’s XI Punjab, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions.