T-Series Joins IPRS, Adds 15,000 Hours of Music to Society Arsenal

Industry Watch | April 1, 2021 | News

T-Series IPRS

India’s leading film music label and film production studio Super Cassettes Limited, popularly known as T-Series, has joined the Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS) fold.

According to media reports, the move follows several rounds of discussions over differences between T-Series and IPRS.

With this partnership, T-Series brings to IPRS a music library of more than 2,00,000 titles, including over 50,000 music videos, adding up to more than 15,000 hours of music. These include compositions and lyrics forming part of songs/music videos spread across multiple Indian languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Haryanvi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Rajasthani, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Oriya.

IPRS will now represent the T-Series music publishing catalogue of lyrics and musical compositions, licensing them to platforms and businesses which exploit music.

Members of the IPRS, the registered Indian Copyright Society representing music composers, lyricists and owner publishers of music, are expected to benefit with T-Series’ presence as member.

“I see this as a homecoming for T-Series and thank Mr Bhushan Kumar and the T-Series family from the bottom of my heart for entrusting IPRS with its copyright catalogue once again. This is a win-win proposition for T-Series and for our author and music composer members who will benefit tremendously. The entire music industry is united today in its determination that creators, music businesses all will work together for the common cause. I am joined by my fellow Directors of IPRS in saying I also look forward to welcoming Mr Bhushan Kumar on the Board of IPRS,” said Javed Akhtar, Chairman, IPRS and lyricist.

Rakesh Nigam, CEO, IPRS, said, “I am delighted that T-Series is joining IPRS. This will benefit the authors and music composer members of IPRS tremendously. T-Series is not only a market leader in the music and film industry, but it is also a hugely successful incubation lab and proving ground for many young talented creators, all of whom will benefit from their association with IPRS as well.”

Bhushan Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director, T-Series, said, “Copyright is in the heart and soul of what T-Series creates. Our joining IPRS is a logical progression for the company. We took this decision in the interest of the entire music industry – today the entire industry, creators, music businesses, all united, represent a seamless coalition of stakeholders contributing to our country’s progress and working together in our common interest. T-Series will bring more value to IPRS and its members. We look forward to IPRS growing even more with our support in the future so that it can benefit the creator community and the industry even more.”

“For great change to effectively happen in the publishing business of the Indian music industry, you need all the major players to band together to push the agenda of fairness, transparency and equitable remunerations for both owner publishers and our respected author composers and now with my dear friends Bhushan and teams from T-Series joining us in IPRS, that day is here. With Javed Saab, Bhushan and all my fellow board members I’m sure we will now see a golden age dawn for creators and copyright owners,” said Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO, Universal Music Group, India & South Asia.

‘Homecoming’ says Chairman Javed Akhtar, welcoming back the country’s leading film music label to the Indian Performing Rights Society fold.

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