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No License of Sound Recording Required for the Marriage Related Functions and Religious Ceremonies

12 th Oct 2021

The Managing Directors/CEO's/Directors/Partners/General Managers
All FHRAI Members

CC: All Members of the Executive Committee
       All Regional Associations

Subject: No License of Sound Recording Required for the Marriage Related Functions and Religious Ceremonies

Dear Member(s),

This is in response to the queries received from a large number of members regarding requirement of license of sound recording for the marriage related functions and religious ceremonies.

Please be informed that as per the enclosed Public Notice of Ministry of Commerce & Industry dated 27th  August, 2019, it has been clarified that in view of the provisions contained in Section 52(1) (za) of the Copyright Act, it is not required to take license of any sound recordings in the course of religious ceremony including a marriage procession and other social festivities associated with a marriage. The sub section (1 ) ( za) of the abovesaid section states that :

‘ The performance of literary, dramatic or musical work or the communication to the public of such work or of a sound recording in the course of any bona fide religious ceremony or an official ceremony held by the Central Government or the State Government or any local authority’.

Explanation.-- For the purpose of this clause, religious ceremony including a marriage procession other Social festivities associated with the marriage.’   

Thus, members are informed that in case a marriage procession and other social festivities associated with a marriage or  any event associated with a religious ceremony is taking place at your premises, you need not obtain; or insist on the event organizer or guest to obtain any licence from the copyright owner(s) or their assignees/licensees, such as IPRS, PPL, Novex etc.

With Best Regards,

Jaison Chacko
Secretary General
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