IMI — Representing Indian Music Industry worldwide
  • 30 January, 2019

    Representation to the Additional Secretary, Cyber Laws and E-Security Division, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology on the draft of the Information Technology [Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules], 2018 (“2018 draft Intermediary Guidelines”).

    IMI stated in its representations that it welcomes the introduction of the 2018 draft Intermediary Guidelines as it provides an opportunity to modernise the intermediary liability law in India. In its representations, IMI raised concerns about the growing menace of piracy. IMI raised specific concerns relating to: (i) regarding safe …

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  • 28 January, 2019

    Representation to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on the proposal to amend and insert Section 7(4) in the Cinematograph Act, 1952

    IMI stated in its representations that the term ‘audio-visual’ in the phrase ‘… uses any audio-visual recording device….’ be deleted in the proposed Section 7(4) of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. IMI recommended this deletion as it would broaden the scope of the recording devices which abet film piracy. The full …

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  • 25 May, 2017

    Representation to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications on the Draft National Digital Communication Policy, 2018

    IMI stated in its representation that the provision of internet coverage to all citizens should include adequate protection of copyright since contents are easily accessible on the web. Furthermore, when structuring the legal and regulatory frameworks for service/content providers , the interests of the different stakeholders should be balanced and …

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  • 31 August, 2017

    Representation to Pr. Advisor (B & CS), TRAI regarding the consultation paper on issues related to digital radio broadcasting

    IMI, in its representation, extended its support to the Government of India’s commitment to developing the radio infrastructure in India. IMI stated that the record industry has a huge role in the success of radio broadcasters (and the broadcasters’ soaring revenues), however, the revenues from the broadcast of music for …

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  • 21 November, 2017

    Representation to the Director, DIPP (now DPIIT) for protection of content owners in Broadcasting Treaty

    IMI stated in its representations that in addition to granting protection to broadcasters, protection must also be given to content owners. The Broadcasting Treaty should further strengthen the rights provided by the Indian law to the broadcasters and the content owners against illegal broadcasting of the signals over all means …

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  • 13 December, 2017

    Representation to the Joint Secretary, DIPP (now DPIIT) & Joint Secretary, MER Division, Ministry of External Affairs in favour of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

    IMI stated in its representations, how the protection of intellectual property rights in RCEP would benefit the creative industry of India both economically and as a soft power. IMI highlighted the vast untapped potential in international markets for creative content originating in India and the degradation caused by piracy. IMI …

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  • 31 January, 2018

    Representation to Scientist G & Group Co-ordinator, Cyber Laws, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on the White Paper of the Committee of Experts on a Data Protection Framework for India

    IMI stated in its representations that the eventual legislative outcome of the whitepaper should strike the right balance between informational privacy and protection of intellectual property rights, i.e., balancing the right to privacy of individuals is as important as the right to an effective remedy to an IP owner. The …

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  • 2 February, 2018

    Representation to Joint Secretary, DIPP (now DPIIT) regarding blocking access to and prevention of re-occurrence of the website ww.songspk.com and websites with domain names using the words “Song” and “PK”as suffix or prefix, in various permutations and combinations.

    IMI stated in its representations that the eventual legislative outcome of the whitepaper should strike the right balance between informational privacy and protection of intellectual property rights, i.e., balancing the right to privacy of individuals is as important as the right to an effective remedy to an IP owner. The …

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  • 19 March, 2018

    Representation to Registrar of Copyrights on Guidelines for Examination of Sound Recording Works

    IMI stated in its representation that the Copyright Office should conduct a comprehensive review of the voluntary registration system to minimise possible negative consequences highlighted in its representation. IMI also submitted recommendations on the draft Guidelines for Examination of Sound Recording Works. The full representation can be found here.

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  • 16 August, 2018

    Representation to the High Commissioner of India to People’s Republic of Bangladesh, High Commission of India; Joint Secretary, DIPP (now DPIIT) on the negative impact of Section 49(a) of the Import Policy 2012 – 2015 of Bangladesh, Ministry of Commerce on Indian content in Bangladesh

    IMI stated in its representations, the implications of the ban on the commercial exploitation of music produced in India, in Bangladesh. This led to Indian music productions being blatantly pirated in Bangladesh causing a loss of revenues to the Indian recorded music industry. As a consequence of the ban, the …

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  • 12 October, 2017

    Representation to the Advertising Standards Council of India regarding advertisements on infringing websites

    IMI stated in its representations to ASCI about the large number of websites hosting illegal content in India and the massive revenues earned by them through placement of ads on such websites. IMI stated, through facts and figures, that the rampant online piracy could be curbed significantly through the actions …

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  • 30 October, 2017

    Representation to TRAI regarding music piracy on websites ending with (dot)pk

    IMI stated in its representation, the harm caused by websites ending with (dot)pk to the Indian recorded music industry. IMI further brought to the notice of TRAI that if these websites are not taken down, they have the potential of derailing the Digital Broadcasting Radio plans of the Government of …

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  • 22 September, 2017

    Representation to Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and Joint Secretary, DIPP (now DPIIT) in favour of accession to WPPT.

    IMI stated in its representation that accession to WPPT by India would be a step in the right direction. IMI highlighted the positive outcomes to be gained by acceding to the WPPT, such as international protection of works, generation of revenues from growing global digital content markets, ensuring that Indian …

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