As discussed in an earlier post, it is mandatory for owners of establishments to obtain copyright licenses in order to play music on their premises. In this way the law seeks to regulate the issuance of such licenses through creation of Copyright Societies under Section 33 of the Act, thereby making it easier for people to get the required licenses. However, there is also a provision under Section 30 by which copyright owners can grant licenses on their own or through duly authorized agents. The Bombay High Court in the matter of Leopold Cafe & Stores v. Novex Communications Pvt. Ltd., recently discussed this issue relating to licenses of copyright and the authorities who can actually issue and grant such licenses.
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