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‘Infringement of copyright a cognizable offence’

 Shillong, April 11:  Phonographic Performance Ltd, Shillong authority has informed that infringement of copyright, pertaining to copyrighted music, is viewed as an offence, serious enough to be considered cognizable and non-bailable under the provisions of the Copyright Act 1957. It may also attract a fine of not less than 50,000 rupees which may extend to 2 lakh rupees and imprisonment of not less than 6 (six) months which may extend to 3 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. This has been stated in a press release.