Isra Meeting of Singers from Andhra Pradesh Telangana

ISRA MEETING OF SINGERS FROM ANDHRA PRADESH & TELANGANAISRA AS THE PERFORMERS (SINGERS) RIGHT SOCIETY OF INDIA

HOLDS ITS 1 ST MEETING IN HYDERABAD

FOR BENEFIT OF ALL SINGERS OF ANDHRA PRADESH & TELANGANA
SO THAT THEY CAN ALSO BENEFIT AND GET THEIR ROYALTY
Indian Singers’ Rights Association (ISRA) is a Non-profit making Company Limited by
Guarantee under the Companies Act, 1956 and was born on 3 rd May, 2013.
The Copyright Act 1957 (14 of 1957) was amended by the Copyright (Amendment) Act,
2012 (27 of 2012) on and w.e.f. 21 st June, 2012. By virtue of the said amendments,
Singers were accorded a Special Right to be known as the “Performer’s Right” on their
Performances. Section 38, 38A, 38B, 39, &39A pertain to performances of the
performers and their Rights. The Copyright Act provides that a Singer — as a
Performer — shall be entitled for Royalties in case of making of the Performances
for commercial use. In order to be able to collect such Royalties, Section 33 of the Act
requires that any organization which wants to commence or carry-on the business of
issuing or granting licenses in respect of the Singer’s performance has to get itself
registered with the Central Government.

Thus, ISRA applied to the Registrar of Copyrights as per the requirement of the
Copyright Act and the Copyright Rules to be registered as the Performers’ Right
Society for Singers and on 14 th June, 2013, ISRA became the 1 st Copyright Society
in India to receive the Certificate of Registration under Section 33(3) of the
Copyright Act, 1957.

ISRA is now registered by the Central Government vide Registration No. P.R.S-01/2013
as a Performers’ Society (Copyright Society) under Section 33(3) of the Copyright Act
1957 and is permitted to commence and carry on the copyright business in Performers’
Rights of Singers and other activities ancillary thereto for a period of 5 years w.e.f.
14 th June, 2013.

M/s. Lata Mangeshkar, S P Balasubhrahmaniyam, K J Yesudas, Usha Mangeshkar,
Suresh Wadkar, Gurdaas Mann, Pankaj Udhas, Alka Yagnik, Anup Jalota, Talat Aziz,
Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Sonu Nigam, & Sanjay Tandon with support from
M/s. Asha Bhosle, Kavita Krishnamoorty, Shaan, Hariharan, Jassi, Sunidhi Chauhan,
Mahalaxmi Iyer and many others formed the ISRA (Indian Singers' Rights Association)
and are members of ISRA.

Section 38 of the Copyright Act, 1957 affords the Performer (“Singer”) with a Special
Right known as “Performer’s Right” in relation to his/her performance. Section 38A
enlists “without prejudice to the rights conferred on authors” the Exclusive Rights to do
or authorize for doing certain acts by the Performer. Thus, it is abundantly clear that
the Performer’s Right is a distinct right from that of the Author. In other words the
Performer’s Right Clearance is distinct and separate from an IPRS and/or a PPL
License.

 

Playing/Using/Makingthe songs of ISRA’s Singer members for commercial use amounts
to commercial exploitation of the Performer’s Performance and hence needs a Clearance
from ISRA on payment of prescribed Royalty as per ISRA’s Tariffs.
By virtue of the provisions post the 2012 Amendments, it is now stipulated that
anyone would require a Clearance from the Singers’ Copyright Society – I.S.R.A.
and pay Royalty to play/use/utilize/perform film and non-film songs. Hence, the
ISRA Clearance is in addition to any other License / Clearance that one would need
to obtain, whether IPRS or PPL etc. This is a new Clearance which has come into
being with the recent 2012 amendments.

ISRA today controls 95% of the Performer’s (Singer’s) Rights and all the who’s who
singers are members including singers from North, South, East & West of the Country.
It is also affiliated itself with foreign overseas societies.
Presently, the following are the Board of Advisors of ISRA :
Bharat Ratna Smt. Lata Mangehskar, Shri Suresh Wadkar
Shri Sonu Nigam Shri Talat Aziz
Shri Sanjay Tandon
Presently, the following are the Board of Directors of ISRA :
Shri Anup Jalota, Chairman Shri A Hariharan
Smt Alka Yagnik Smt Kavita Krishnamurti
Shri Pankaj Udhas Shri S P Balasubrahmaniyam
Shri Srinivas Doraiswamy Shri Shaantanu Mukherji
Shri Shailendra Singh Shri JasbirJassi
ISRA COMPLETED THE CYCLE OF ADMINISTRATION, COLLECTION, AND
DISTRIBUTION OF SINGERS’ ROYALTY THIS YEAR.
Celebrating the 69 th Republic Day of India, on 26 th January, 2018, the Indian
Singers Rights’ Association (ISRA) etched a Historic Occasion in its Life and that
of Singers in India when it made the 1 st ever Royalty Distribution of Rs. 51 lacs to
Singers. ISRA distributed this Royalty for the period upto 31 st March, 2017. This
Royalty is being received by 730 Singers throughout the Country.
Says Sanjay Tandon, CEO “ ISRA now urges Singers of Kerelato also become member
of ISRA so that even they can derive benefit of Singers Royalty. This is just a beginning
and so let’s all be together to ensure that our future is secured and we and after us our
legal heirs get Royalties. Justice has at last been received by Singers. Let’s strengthen
this further.”

ISRA MEETING OF SINGERS FROM ANDHRA PRADESH & TELANGANA