Panaji: The Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) Limited has issued legal notice to the organizers of Sunburn Festival in connection with the infringement of copyright.
Mumbai-based legal firm representing IPRS has issued notice to Percept Live Private Limited for infringement of Copyrights subsisting in Literary and Musical Works by way of public performance /communication to the public and non payment of licence fees.
After denial of permission for mega festival, the organizers have shifted their event to Hill Top at Anjuna.
The legal notice has said that the communication to the public and or public performance of any work within the pepertoire of our client, without obtaining a valid licence, amounts to an infringement of our client’s copyrights vide section 51 of the Copyright Act, 1957.
It is pertinent to note that communication to the public and/or public performance of any work includes the use of music in any manner such as playing a sound recording by a DJ as background music or live /acoustic performances.
The firm has said that “the legal notice serves as a last and final opportunity upon you, the addresses to obtain a valid licence from our client and pay the requisite licence fees.
“Please not that the failure of addressee No 1 to obtain a valid licence or get the requisite clearance from our client or the concerned author for the event, namely Sunburn 2021, amounts to an act of profiteering by seeking to illegally exploit the copyrighted works for commercial gain, free of cost and without paying the appropriate royalties, licence fees, as lawfully due to authors and owners of musical and literary works,” the legal firm has said.