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RMPL files complaint in Mohali against Punjab Kings XI for copyright infringement

Mohali, May 29, 2023: The Recorded Music Performance Ltd (RMPL), the copyright society registered by the Government of India for managing sound recordings, has filed a police complaint against Punjab Kings (PBKS). The complaint has been submitted at the office of Senior Superintendent of Police, SAS Nagar (Mohali) under various sections of IPC and Copyright Act.       KPH Dream Cricket Pvt Ltd, owner of Punjab Kings XI, has been accused of infringement of copyright and committing offences under Sections 51, 63 and 69 of the Copyright Act, 1957. RMPL in its complaint submitted to SAS Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police has sought the registration of FIR under Sections 51, 63, 64, 69 of The Copyright Act, 1957.

Those named in the complaint are KPH Dream Cricket Pvt Ltd, UNIT C-115, 1st   Floor, Office Complex, Plot No. 178-178A, Industrial and Business Park, Phase 1, Chandigarh, through its Directors Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta, Karan Paul; Satish Menon, CEO, KPH Dream Cricket Pvt Ltd, Anant Sarkaria, Operational Head, KPH Dream Cricket Pvt Ltd, and Amarjit Singh Mehta, President, The Punjab Cricket Association.

The complaint reads: “RMPL has several times approached the accused for obtaining the mandatory license for public performance licence of copyrighted sound recordings, performing rights of which belongs with the complainant” but in vain. RMPL has claimed that on 13th April, 2023 between 7.30 pm and 11 pm during Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans match at IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, the accused violated the Copyright Act by playing ‘Zindabaad Rehan Billo Yaarian’ of Lokdhun TeleMedia Limited without any permission.

Sowmya Chowdhury, CEO of RMPL, said that RMPL is on its way to creating a platform in India where all music labels registered with RMPL, will get their rightful dues. “We ensure that the users of the music belonging to our members, are provided due information about the Copyright Act well in advance. But if they still choose to ignore and wilfully commit a cognizable offense, then we will be forced to take the necessary steps to bring them to the right side of the law.”

It is also worth mentioning that RMPL had served various notices on BCCI, Board of Cricket Control in India, DNA, a Bangalore based company appointed to manage the entertainment by Gujarat Titans for its games, but they continued to play songs whose rights were administered by RMPL and compelling them to file a suit before the Commercial Court at Gandhinagar against DNA and the Gujarat Titans.

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