Riverside Resort gives undertaking before Bombay HC that it will obtain licence from Novex

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has accepted Riverside Resort and Holiday Homes’ undertaking to obtain licence from Novex Communications for playing copyrighted songs that are being licenced by the company as the public performance rights holder.

Novex had moved the Bombay High Court against the Riverside Resort for playing two songs from its catalogue without paying the licence fees.

The court also directed the resort to pay an amount of Rs. 10 lakh by way of demand draft on or before 11 February in favour of the Society for Rehabilitation of Crippled Children.

The Head Sales, Western Region of Riverside Resort had on 5 February accepted that the resort had played the two songs only to backtrack later.

On 7 February, Riverside Resort’s advocate argued that statements made by their client on 5 February in the court was false and was made because the client was nervous. Later on the same day, it was proved in the court that the Riverside Resort Head Sales western region had played two songs.

The Riverside Resort tendered an unconditional apology and assured the Court that they shall not repeat such conduct at any time in future and have agreed to pay an amount of Rs. 10 Lacs towards costs and to forthwith obtain a license from the Novex by paying their necessary fees.

The court accepted the apology with the above directions and disposed of the notice of motion while asking the same to be placed on 11th February to report compliance.