PPL Phonographic Performance Limited India, also known as PPL India, is a performance rights organization licensing its members’ sound recordings for communication to the public in the areas of public performance and broadcast. PPL owns and/or controls the Public Performance rights of 400+ music labels, with more than 4.5 million international and domestic sound recordings.
Who are we?
PPL India represents a lion’s share of the total sound recordings in international and domestic music. PPL India represents some of the world’s and India’s largest record labels, including Aditya Music, Lahari Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Speed Records, T-Series, Universal Music, and Warner Music and is India’s largest and most respected public performance rights organisation, in terms of both membership and revenue.
By purchasing a PPL licence, you have exclusive access to the entirety of our collection spanning a plethora of genres including Bollywood, Pop, EDM, Rock, Hip-Hop, Classical, Jazz, Country, Dance and others by thousands of iconic artists from across the globe.
PPL’s Copyright Registration: Pursuant to the amendment to the Copyright Act, 1957 ( the Act) in 1994, PPL was registered as a Copyright Society from 1996 till May 2014. The Copyright Amendments in June 2012 required PPL to obtain re-registration as a copyright society under section 33 of the Act; which is currently pending before the government. Presently, therefore by virtue of Assignment Deeds and/or exclusive Licenses executed by its Music Member labels, PPL issues licenses under section 30 of the Act and such licenses are valid under copyright law as held by several Hon’ble High Courts Pan India.
What do we do?
Under the Copyright Act 1957, every business entity or individual must receive permission from the copyright owners of the sound recording before any public performance takes place. We enforce the rights of our members by ensuring that businesses comply with the law and pay copyright holders for the music they consume. We are a non-profit organisation and the royalties we collect are given to the rightful owners of the music.
SoundSys Technology Platform for Distribution
The success of a collective organisation like PPL India is measured by how effectively it distributes the collected revenues to its members commensurate with the actual utilisation of sound recording assigned to it. With millions of sound recording tracks getting used by a large number of users, a powerful technology platform to achieve timely & correct distribution is a need of an hour. In this regards International Federation of Phonographic Industries [IFPI] which is the international apex body affiliation of the Sound Recording collective organisation of 70 countries took initiative in building up such a technology platform. A separate corporate entity named Sound Sys has been incorporated in Singapore where 4 leading music licensing companies (MLCs) in Asia viz ASIRINDO (Indonesia), MRSS(Music Rights Society Singapore), Phonorights (Thailand) and PPL India have become equity partners by investing 30000 euros each in equity of the SoundSys and balance funding requirements being provided by IFPI as an interest-free loan of euro 120000. The investment made by PPL India has been in line with a joint agreement entered by IFPI & 4 MLCs and the same is in compliance with the Overseas Direct Investment (ODI) regulations laid down by the RBI.
SoundSys, has developed a powerful technology platform with help of the world-renowned leading international technology player named BMAT – Spain which uses its proprietary state-of-the-art technology to organise, store and match usage and recording data, thereby enabling MLCs to distribute royalties in a timely and cost-efficient manner. This platform now is being successfully used by all four MLCs and the operating cost is being shared by these MLCs in the ratio of revenues. Sound sys is also licensing the platform to other collective organisations of the world helping to generate licensing revenue for SoundSys.