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Javed Akhtar is the new chairman of revamped IPRS

MUMBAI: Veteran poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar has been elected chairman of the new board of the Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS). The last election of the IPRS was held more than a decade ago.

Akhtar was elected unanimously by the new board comprising both authors (music composers and lyricists) and publishers (music labels).

Speaking about revamped IPRS, Akhtar said, “The IPRS has turned over a new page and a new chapter has started where there is no we and them, only us. Writers, composers and publishers have risen above past conflicts and have taken a pledge to work together for the enhancement of Indian music Industry’s reach and prosperity.”

The revamped IPRS has adopted a new working constitution and is fully in sync with the amended Copyright Act. The primary objective of this constitution is to ensure rightful royalty flow to all the rights-owners, while simplifying licensing process for the end users.

“This is a historic moment for the music industry that will act as a catalyst of growth for all stakeholders. We look forward to IPRS achieving new heights under the leadership of Javed saab,” stated Saregama India MD Vikram Mehra.

The newly elected members on the board include Javed Akhtar, Shridhar Subramaniam, Aashish Rego, Kumar Taurani, Rajinder Singh Panesar, Devraj Sanyal, GV Prakash Kumar, Ganesh Jain, Anupam Roy, Mandar Thakur, Sahithi Cherukupalli and Vikram Mehra.

The IPRS owns, administers and currently controls the performing rights to musical and literary works assigned to it by its owner members. It is engaged in the business of exercising and enforcing the copyright law and making music accessible to the public by issuing and granting licences to the users and collecting royalties for such licences.

The IPRS represents publishers, authors and composers of music from all over India and is affiliated with similar societies in other countries across the world.