In the process of development, the IPRS (Indian Performing Rights Society), has appointed poet Javed Akhtar, as their Chairman, and copyright administrator Achille Froler, as permanent Advisor to the board. This is largely seen as positive development, as IPRS,has been in spotlight not only for their validity as a copyright society , but also for allegations of mismanagement and lack of transparency.

Constitution of the commission

As Prashant notes, allegation against the IPRS management date back to 2004. The society has been accused of a number of illegalities, a few of which include siphoning away of royalties , and money laundering. This led the government to constitute a commission of inquiry to look into the administration of IPRS, whose final report is unfortunately still awaited.

Prashant had notified, of the extraordinary general meeting that the IPRS held on February, which among other things aimed to replace their articles of association. While this was the first taken step taken in their regulatory and managerial overhaul, Javed Akhtar called his appointment, “new chapter” for IPRS. He went onto state that, “writers, composers, publishers, have risen above the past conflicts and have taken a pledge to work together for enhancement of Indian Music Industry’s reach and prosperity”. Moreover, IPRS has reportedly adopted a new working constitution which is in consonance with amended copyright act.

While this is difficult to be overly positive of the change that this realistically, entails due to IPRS, murky past, we certainly hope that this switch up in management brings in an era of good governance and transparency.