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Indian Copyright Amendment Rules go against recent Wynk ruling


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A recent high court ruling in India for a case involving streaming service Wynk Music seemed to make it clear that the country’s statutory licensing system for radio and TV broadcasters did *not* also apply to music-streaming services. Now, however, the Indian government appears to be taking a different attitude in its Draft Copyright Amendment Rules legislation.

As Medianama reports, it amends the wording in the statutory-licensing section of India’s copyright rules from ‘by way of radio broadcast or television broadcast’ to ‘for each mode of broadcast’ – which could mean internet services *do* fall within the system. That would be big news for services like – to pluck a name out of the air recently involved in a dispute over music-licensing in India – Spotify.

“If the amendment gets approved, it will be easier for video and music streaming providers to buy videos and songs from its authors or owners and upload them,” suggested the news site. The draft amendment also includes increased transparency and a code of conduct for collecting societies, as well as measures to deal with the challenge of undistributed royalties by those PROs.

Stuart Dredge

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