The hotels had allegedly failed to procure license for the songs, despite a number of reminders.

No more free songs Stay against Bluru star hotels from playing non-licensed music Image for representation/ Courtesy: Pixabay
news License Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 08:49

A Bengaluru court has asked as many as 14 star hotels, clubs and lounges not to play songs, from Bollywood and regional films, that are owned by Novex Communications. 

The Mumbai-based firm is the authorized agency for two major music labels- Zee Music and Yash Raj music. 

The injunction was issued by Bengaluru Principal Civil and Sessions Court, after Novex Communications moved the court against the said star hotels for playing their music without obtaining requisite license. 

According to Deccan Chronicle, the 14 hotels are:

The Chancery Pavillion, Hilton Bangalore, JW Marriott, Movenpick Hotel, Holiday Inn & Suites, Fortune JP Cosmos, ITC Windsor, Park Plaza, Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, The Ritz Carlton, The Taj West End, Vivanta by Taj in Whitefield, No Limits Club and Loft 38 club and Lounge. 

A spokesperson of the firm was quoted as saying that the hotels had allegedly failed to procure license for the songs, despite a number of reminders. 

“We have been sending reminders to all these hotels, club and lounges for long asking them to obtain licences. When they failed to do so, we moved court for an injunction. They can take a licence per event or an annual licence. Every place playing our music for commercial purpose has to take our licence. Similar action is being initiated in Chennai too,” the spokesperson said.

Interestingly, the firm has been successful in obtaining injunctions against hotels playing their music without license in the past. 

In September this year, five hotels in Delhi were issued injunction after the firm maintained that hotels playing their music without license for commercial purposes did monetary damage to the firm itself. 

An FIR was filed against another hotel in Mumbai in the month of June for copyright violations.


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