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Madras HC bars Sun TV from using Sony Music songs without permission

MUMBAI: In a new order, the Madras High Court directed Sun TV Network not to use Sony Music songs without prior approval.

Sony Music had filed a petition in the HC alleging that Sun TV was using a number of its songs without licence.

The company had sent a cease and desist notice to Sun TV on 27 July last year after an exchange of letters between the two parties and meetings between their counsellors had failed to yield any result.

Sony Music also alleged that, in response to one of its letters, the southern broadcaster had stated that “it was the absolute copyright holder of films under the South Indian BSE 6.24% Cinematograph Films ”.

The bench of Justice K Kalyanasundaram asked Sun TV to seek the music label’s permission before playing the songs on its channels.

Lauding the HC directive, Sony Music said that the order validated the rights of the creators and owners of music, and that it would go a long way to ensure a fair economic balance between the creative community and the larger broadcast and internet organisations.

Approvals from music rights owners are mandatory before any songs can be synchronised with new visuals. The music could be existing songs, versions or underlying works.

This HC decision would help the music and film industry as authors, composers and labels would be entitled to claim their rightful share, it added.