Who We Are – IPRS

Who We Are


        Many people are not aware or not very clear about the functioning of The Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS).They often ask, what is the business of IPRS?

        Well, in short, the business of IPRS is to issue Licences to Music Users and collect Royalties from them, for and on behalf of its Members i.e. the Authors, the Composers and the Publishers of Music and distribute this Royalty amongst them after deducting its administrative costs. Composers are those who are better known as Music Directors, Authors are better known as Lyricists, Publishers of Music are the Music Companies, or those who hold Publishing Rights of the Musical & Literary Works.


        The Company’s policy and administration are controlled by a Governing Council of Directors elected by the Members at General Meetings every Year from amongst their own numbers, consisting of Members who are Authors, Composers and Publishers. The Council is equally represented by Publishers and Writers. Further, there is also an equal representation between Composers and Authors in all Regions. The Chairman of the Governing Council is Mr. Javed Akhtar who is Author Member.

        The Company has its Registered and Corporate Office at Mumbai with branch offices at Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata through which, the Society carries on its licensing activities.










        The Indian Performing Right Society Ltd. (IPRS) as you see it today is not an overnight creation. The Company has evolved and emerged through good and rough weather during the past 35 years. It is a history of a journey full of pains, struggle, frustrations but ultimately some achievement at last.

        The IPRS came into existence on 23rd August 1969. The IPRS is a representative body of Owners of Music, viz. The Composers, Lyricists (or Authors) and the Publishers of Music and is also the sole Authorized Body to issue Licences for usage of Musical Works & Literary Music within India by any person.

        The task was very difficult and tedious because the copyright situation in the country was not clear. There was confusion over ownership rights as also acute lack of knowledge and information amongst not only the users of Copyright material but also amongst the owners themselves. The IPRS members themselves were not too interested in the affair of the company, simply because they, like the common man of the country, were not aware of the importance of the copyright law and had no idea what this business was all about. Words like copyright ownership, Performing Right and license fees were alien not only to the common public but also to them. IPRS thus waged through these difficult times and situations and managed to keep the fight for a better Copyright environment and awareness in the country.

        It was Mr. M. B. Srinivasan, a renowned Composer of South India and an active Trade Unionist who mobilized the Members of the company and persuaded them to take full control of management of the Company, in this struggle he was ably supported by Mr. Naqsh Lyallpuri. In 1990’s the company underwent a change in directions when it appointed young professionals to run the company, thereby enthusing new blood into the company.