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Navratri mandals in Mumbai issued notices for playing songs illegally

Novex communications, which holds music rights for Yash Raj Films, Shemaroo, UTV and Zee music, sent notices to famous mandals for breaching the Indian Copyright Act

In what could spell trouble for some of the renowned Navratri mandals in the city, Novex communications has issued notices warning them of legal repercussions for using Bollywood songs without seeking licences.

The firm, currently, holds music rights for Yash Raj Films, Shemaroo, UTV and Zee music. Members of the vigilance department from Novex recorded songs of the above-mentioned companies, which they claimed were played by various Navratri mandals on Friday and Saturday.

Further investigation revealed that most of the mandals had allegedly breached the Indian Copyright Act by playing songs without seeking requisite permission, following which Novex issued notices to mandals asking them to pay for the songs or face legal action.

Some of the famous mandals that received notices include Rangeel Raas garba in Goregaon and Kora Kendra Group in Borivli. An official from Novex said, “We have been asking Navratri mandals to take licences to play Bollywood songs, but they ignored us.

A few did the needful after we recorded videos and provided them with proofs. We request other mandals to follow suit or face legal action.”

The other side
Pankaj Khoteja of Kora Kendra Group said, “We haven’t received any notice from anyone. Moreover, we don’t play Bollywood songs. Most of our songs are traditional. We can provide them (Novex) with footage to prove our claims.”

Sabbas Joseph, director of Wizcraft, said, “We have obtained relevant permissions from IPRS.” The firms organises Navratri celebrations for Rangeel Raas garba, renowned for live performances by dandiya queen Falguni Pathak. When contacted, Sankalp Dandia spokesperson said he would need time to revert.

Mind it
If found guilty of breaching the Indian Copyright Act, offenders will be booked under sections 51, 63 and 69 of the act

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