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The politics of ownership and control: The bigger picture behind IPRS’ plans for live music

July was rife with confusion and panic for artists who could hitherto perform online concerts without having to worry about royalties. A vaguely-worded notification from the Indian Property Right Society (IPRS) announced its decision to charge artists a minimum INR 20,000 fee, effectively mandating organisers to obtain a licence for a live stream, irrespective of whether the event is free or ticketed, which could be as high as INR 1 lakh for ad-supported events.

The news came as a rude shock for chiefly film and TV composers, lyricists and performers, and other artists who pointed out the unfairness of the move at a time when the live performance revenue stream has dried up.

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