FUNCTIONING AS A COPYRIGHT SOCIETY
As a Copyright Society SIMCA will evolve a style of functioning
which will be in tune with the modern free economy that is prevailing in
India and the world over. SIMCA fully realizes that the participants in the
Industry, require a platform for the following:
1. Information on Copyright Ownership
SIMCA intends to compile a Register of Copyright for all Music
that belongs to its Members and the same will be available to the Public
at large. This will eliminate any confusion that may arise regarding
2. Agreement Formatting for easy and ethical transfer
of music between copyright owner and the user
As mentioned earlier with the proliferation of Rights there is
a need to establish bench-mark Agreements for the transaction of these rights
between users and owners. However, the commercial aspects of the
Agreements will be left to the subscribers to the Agreement. The
case of the Agreement between Radio Mirchi and the Individual Members
is a good illustration, where SIMCA laid down the legal parameters
and left the commercial arrangements to be worked out individually. SIMCA does not intend to be the collector and the dispenser of
revenues earned by its members from the exploitation of its copyright in broadcasting and public performance. It will depend on the contribution
of its members from the revenues, which they will get directly from
all sources for its upkeep.
3. Spokesman for the Industry
As a Representative of the Industry an important function will
be to voice the views, problems and suggestions to the Authorities that be.
It is expected that along with its sister associations to attain an
Advisory capacity to the State and Central Governments on Taxation, Changes
in Copyright and other allied Laws and the Country's position on
4. Dispute Resolution
Appropriately, SIMCA would have a Dispute Resolution mechanism
for use by its members to sort out swiftly any dispute among themselves.
It would also offer this service to non-members to solve disputes
that may arise with members. The use of this service would again be voluntary.