Fights for Rights in Film industry
We all know about Human Rights and Individual Rights and normally it is considered as a very sensitive topic because there are a lot of controversies going on, and we sure don’t want to go deep into that topic now but we are listening about similar rights in our Telugu Industry, don’t worry it’s not the actors or the directors, it’s not even the producers but this time it is the music industry i.e., music directors and lyricists.
This new uprising revolution is among the music directors and lyricists against the audio companies. Looks like the audio companies are getting fat numbers from the ringtones, caller tunes and the CDs but not passing on the music director’s and the lyricists share.
There is a society called The “Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS)”. Normally money has to be paid whenever songs are used in Performances, T.V, and Radio Channels. Where from the money paid half of the amount goes to IPRS and then that amount is distributed equally among the audio companies, music directors and lyricists. 50% goes to audio companies, the remaining 50% has to be distributed equally by the audio companies but then there lies the catch, that amount is not being passed apparently.
This is the main reason for the music industry to raise up for their rights. This apparently is not just in our Telugu Industry… Javed Akhtar got a bill passed regarding these rights. Lyricists in Tollywood met recently to get this rule applied to them as it is heard that only registered members of the Telugu Film Industry Writers Association were present in it.
Normally audio companies take agreements from the music directors and the lyricists confirming that they are not untitled for further payment than that they accepted to as the remuneration. Well they became smarter now…. They are not signing the agreements and audio companies won’t accept the records if the agreement is not signed. Now producers are the ones who have to plead the music directors and the lyricists because they will not get the money either.
Well here’s a good news to all the producers, truth is there is no money coming from the ringtones and the caller tunes because people these days don’t prefer to change their caller tunes, not even the younger generation. So, let’s see where the music director’s fight for their right goes to.