No playing of songs on New Year’s eve without payment of licence fee: Bombay HC


MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has restrained 98 restaurants, pubs and hotels across the country from playing certain popular film and non-film songs on New Year’s eve unless they obtain copyright permissions.
The petitioner has made several well-known hotels and restaurants including five-star hotels respondents in the case.

In the order passed earlier this week, Justice Dangre said the court can go into the merit of these arguments later, during the final hearing. The judge noted that from the assignment deeds produced by PPL, “Prima facie, I have noted that the plaintiff has a right in form of a copyright owner and is entitled to claim that no music over which he claims to have copyright would be played/performed in any event without his licence.” 

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