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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

"Songs for a Song"

Over the last 2-3 years, ringtones have been much hyped as a new revenue stream for producers. "Royalties from mobile phone ringtones are soon expected to replace sales of CDs as the chief source of income for music makers around India," reported siliconindia. Expectedly, songwriters began asking for a piece of the action. Producers, who claim complete ownership, aren't too thrilled about such demands. While this hasn't been sorted out, here is an interesting piece of trivia on how this issue played out in the good old days of All India Radio (AIR).

Back in the 80s, AIR paid producers Rs.1 for a song! And incredibly, this rate was unchanged since the time broadcasting was introduced in India! Film music was what kept Vividh Bharati going - without film music, AIR-babus could never have increased advertising rates the way they did (a 400% increase, says one Screen report). I found information on protests by producers, but couldn't dig up anything on how this was resolved.

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  • I wonder what the copyright conventions say. Domestically in the US, the problem with Interent radio, and I would argue with new media music (since so much of this depends on net, wireless, or bluetooth technologies) has been that web broadcasters have had to pay two rate structures. For instance, if my favorite web broacaster, woxy.com (which everyone should help support, by the way) plays a song, they must pay both the songwriter and the performer - 2 royalties - while currently terrrestrial radio only has to pay the songwriter fee to ASCAP/BMI. That was the outcome of the 90s CARP (Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel). Granted, these debates likely don't extend beyond the US, given how dated the Berne Convention is (historians of copyright have chronicled how hard it was to get Europe from pirating American books, and vice versa). But I wonder, given US/GBR dominance at recent meetings of the ITU and WSIS, how transnational and domestic flows of music will be regulated in the future as CDs and mechanical revenue become less profitable and digitalization and its discontents become the wave of the future (and the battleground between consumers, music industries - in the US, the RIAA, and artists escalates in the courts). Or maybe, as my favorite band Rilo Kiley suggests, "a civil war always sells itself" in the aural soundscape of post/modernity???

    By Anonymous Ben, at 3/15/2006 8:24 PM  

  • Ben - as you know, where film music in India is concerned, the "performer" is technically the playback singer. But playback singers have no claim to ownership. Then comes the music director, who typically does not "own" the songs either. They are owned either by the producer of the film, or the music company to whom the film producer has sold the rights (e.g. Sony owns rights to "Lagaan").

    Re ASCAP - the Indian equivalents would be IPRS (Indian Performing Rights Society). Online music sites like musicindiaonline and raaga pay a license fee to IPRS.

    While copyright law is very much in place in India, and the press obediently reports on piracy raids conducted every few weeks, what characterizes the flow of film-content is what Lawrence Liang terms "porous legalities." You might find his paper useful - i'll send it to you.

    By Blogger Aswin, at 3/16/2006 9:01 AM  

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