AGM Notice and Agenda
Certificate of Incorporation
Certificate of Registration as Copyright Society
Provisions of Copyright Act & Rules
Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012
Gazzettee Notification of the Act
Is the Right to Royalty lawful or is it contractual?
Section 38A of the Copyright Act, 1957 now gives Exclusive Rights to Performers and hence Royalties to Performers are Lawful & not as a part of Negotiations and subject to Contracts.
Can anyone take away my Right to Royalty?
No. You cannot assign or wave off the Right to Royalty to anyone as given in Section 38A of the Copyright Act, 1957.
What if I am forced by Producers or Music Labels to surrender all my Rights?
As per the Copyright Act, 1957, you can assign/licence your Copyright to anyone but you cannot assign or wave off your Right to Royalty to anyone except to a Copyright Society (i.e. ISRA) or your Legal Heirs.
How can I become a Member of ISRA?
It is simple.
Just fill up the Membership Application Form and submit the same with a Cheque of Rs 1,000/- as Membership Processing Fee. The Cheque should be in favour of “INDIAN SINGERS’ RIGHTS ASSCIATION”. Also you would have to sign an Authorisation Agreement authorising ISRA to administer your Rights on your behalf.
Can someone make me sing and then not credit the song with my name?
Section 38B clearly offers protection to you and any violation on this account will be an Infringement of your Copyright and the concerned Person/Infringer is liable for civil and/or criminal proceedings.
Is the Royalty that I get from ISRA out of the Composers/Lyricists share?
Infact, Singers’ Royalty is a new Royalty and has got nothing to do with either the Composers’/Lyricists’ Royalties, or Film Producers’ Royalties or Music Companies Royalties. Royalties to each of them is separate and Singers’ Royalty is not out of anyone’s present share of Royalties.Singers’ Royalties, being a new Royalty, ISRA will have to establish its Tariffs, collect its prescribed Royalties and then distribute the same to its members.
Is there any link between IPRS, PPL & ISRA?
Each of these Organisations are distinct & separate from each other and will look after the interests of its own Members. As per Copyright Act & Rules, they cannot even work for each other.IPRS looks after the interests & Royalties of Composers/Lyricists. PPL looks after the interests & Royalties of Music Labels.ISRA looks after the interests & Royalties of Singers.
What will ISRA do for me?
ISRA is the Copyright Society of Singers duly registered under Section 33 of the Copyright Act, 1957 on 14th June 2013. ISRA will administer & control the exploitation/utilisation of your performances & collect Royalties on your Economic Rights as per Section 38A of the Copyright Act, 1957 and then distribute the Royalties so received to you.
From when shall I be getting my Royalties?
Section 38A of the Copyright Act, 1957, prescribes that the Performer’s Rights shall subsist until 50 years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the performance is made.
How will Royalties that are collected by ISRA be distributed?
The Royalties collected from different sources of exploitation shall be logged and the Distribution of the same shall be done as per the Distribution Scheme of ISRA. The Distribution shall be in proportion to the Royalty Income so derived from its collection. The Distribution Scheme shall ensure that all Royalty Distributions are fair, accurate, cost effective & without any unknown or hidden cross- subsidies. The Distribution Scheme shall have parameters which would be transparent to all its Members together with revealing details in a manner that is easily understandable to you.The Royalties Distribution shall be made once in a Quarter & shall be based on actual use or reliable statistical data that fairly represents the commercial exploitation of the performances of all of you. No member shall be paid Royalties in the nature of minimum guarantee.
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