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Copyright society IPRS to charge artists ₹20,000 for livestreaming performances

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UPDATE (July 25): IPRS has withdrawn this order, and will be coming out with a new one soon with "rationalised" rates for sponsored and ticketed events, and no licensing requirement for free streams. Read our interview with IPRS CEO Rakesh Nigam on the subject here. We missed this earlier: The Indian Performing Rights Society, a copyright society that has several musicians as members, will charge artists or organisers livestreaming performances a ₹20,000 fee, plus taxes, it announced earlier this month. The tariffs, which came into force on July 1 and apply to music as well as literary works, require fees to be paid to the IPRS even if an artist is performing without taking money from sponsors, or broadcasting the stream publicly without getting any revenue. If a sponsor is involved in the livestream, the fee jumps up to ₹60,000 plus…

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