Infringement of copyright pertaining to copyrighted music is an offence

Shillong,  April 10: The Assistant Area Manager, Phonographic Performance Ltd., Shillong has informed that infringement of copyright, pertaining to copyrighted music, is viewed as an offence serious enough to be considered cognizable, non-bailable offence under the provisions of the Copyright Act 1957, attracting a fine of not less than Rs. 50,000 rupees which may extend to two  Lakh rupees and imprisonment of not less than six months which may extend to three years.

All concerned using copyrighted music in public places, commercial establishments and for various events are exhorted to operate within the confines of the law and obtain the mandatory licence for such usage.

He also informed that Phonographic Performance Limited is an autonomous body constituted under and mandated by provisions of The Copyright Act 1957. It is a duly registered body and designated by the Government of India as an authorized body to issue licences for the usage of copyrighted music and collect music for the same. The local office is at Upper Lachumiere (Near Malki Point) and the local representative can be contacted at mobile number 09774659084 or by email at

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