Official Inquiry into mismanagement of IPRS given a quiet burial

In a reply to an RTI application, the Copyright Office has now informed us that the official inquiry into allegations of mismanagement of IPRS, has been given a quiet burial on account of the pending Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010 in the Indian Parliament. I don’t quite understand the link between the pending Bill and the inquiry but as long as the original complainants i.e. M/s Akhtar & Co. aren’t complaining, we can only presume that the matter has been amicably settled.  The reply can be read over here.

For a quick recap of the original inquiries by the Registrar of Copyrights, you can click over here and here. It has been almost a year since we had carried a series of stories on the inquiries by the Copyright Office into serious allegations of mismanagement at IPRS. This latest RTI Application basically asked for details on the events which followed the last document in our possession: a file-noting dated February 23, 2011. The file noting had detailed the possibility of a meeting between the complaints and IPRS along with the Government in a bid to sort out the matter. The RTI response has also clarified that there is no ‘paper’ following up on this particular file-noting. 

In hindsight, it seems to have been an awful waste of time to have been tracking these inquiries. I was expecting a more conclusive end to the inquiry.

Prashant Reddy

T. Prashant Reddy graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, with a B.A.LLB (Hons.) degree in 2008. He later graduated with a LLM degree (Law, Science & Technology) from the Stanford Law School in 2013. Prashant has worked with law firms in Delhi and in academia in India and Singapore. He is also co-author of the book Create, Copy, Disrupt: India's Intellectual Property Dilemmas (OUP).


  1. Anonymous

    Can you not carry further this enquiry. Why should you/us depend upon M/S Akhtar & Co. Will you be called an absolutely a stranger unable to carry it further?

  2. Anonymous

    Dear Prashant,

    you are doing Good Job
    But, IPRS is a Small Fish
    PPL & IMI both are Big Fishes
    Try to Dig Out transactions between PPL & IMI
    Best of Luck

  3. Prashant Reddy

    @ Anon 8:25 AM – As members of IPRS, Akhtar & Co. were in a stronger position to demand action against IPRS. All the information is out in the public domain, somebody just need to push for action to be taken.

    @ Anon (11:09 AM) – Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately I have no means of getting details of transaction between PPL and IMI. Do you know how to get out these details?


  4. Anonymous

    Refer Pdf file in Spicy IP’s Post 30.12.11…latest filing of PPL.
    In PPL’s P & L Account…you can see Anti Piracy Expense…what is that ?
    I found out from your blogs only…
    Can’t you see this…This is not expected from you.
    There are many more problems in PPL’s filings…please study it properly.
    I must repeat the statement (comment) on your blog..PPL is looking like BIG Fish…dig it out.


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