Soundbox, a trade magazine focussing on the Indian music industry, has carried a brilliant, detailed interview of noted lyricist Mr. Javed Akhtar by Aparna Joshi. Mr. Akhtar is widely regarded as the one man army pushing for the amendments to the Copyright Act, 1957. The entire issue of Soundbox is available on our website over here.
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In his interview Mr. Akhtar details the genesis of his motivation to push so hard for the amendment bill. It all started of with his election to the IPRS Board and how the very meeting had to be cancelled because the music companies got an injunction from a civil court in Barasat. The root of the entire problem therefore seems to be the situation at the Indian Performing Rights Society.
Many thanks to Anita Iyer for sending across this issue to us.
We have carried a detailed series of posts on the IPRS issue over here.