On 3 September, 2019, the Indian Music Industry (“IMI”) hosted the 2nd edition of Dialogue: The Indian Music Convention 2019 in New Delhi. The national conclave saw participation from key stakeholders in the music ecosystem including representatives from the recorded music companies, copyright societies, industry partners (DSPs), as well as representatives from IFPI, think tanks and diplomatic missions.
The DPIIT and Copyright Office continued to show their support for the increased engagement between these stakeholders, through their participation at the event. At Dialogue, IMI along with Deloitte today jointly launched "Economic impact of the recorded music industry in India". Ms Sumita Dawra, Joint Secretary, DPIIT, unveiled the report along with Mr Vikram Mehra, Chairman, IMI.
Additionally, on the 5th of September, 2019, the Indian Music Industry along with the National Law School of India University (“NLSIU”) conducted a roundtable on "Unlocking Fair Value to Stakeholders".
The Roundtable consisted of stakeholders from the Media and Entertainment industry in India, including esteemed experts from International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (“IFPI”), the organisation that represents the interests of the recording industry worldwide.
Mr. G.R. Raghavendra, Joint Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India, graced the Roundtable as the Chief Guest. The welcome address was given by Professor T Ramakrishna, Professor of Law, Chair Professor (IPR), NLSIU. Mr. Lauri Rechardt, Chief Legal Officer, IFPI was the Guest of Honour of the NLSIU-IMI Roundtable. In his inaugural address, Mr. G.R. Raghavendra, gave his insights into the reasons for introduction of Statutory Licensing in India. He stated- "Statutory licensing is not a permanent phenomenon, it was only a temporary support to the industry to stand; it can be taken back ". Mr. Blaise Fernandes, President and CEO of the Indian Music Industry(IMI) set the road-map of the event by identifying the hurdles to achieving fair value for the recorded music industry in India
A joint report of both of the events can be downloaded here