The Indian Phonographic Industry (IPI), the Association of Phonogram Producers,
was established in 1936, and it was instrumental in finalising the Broadcasting
Licence arrangement in India. Subsequently, IPI members decided to form a
specialised body to administer their Public Performance and Broadcasting Rights,
and so PPL came into being in 1941.
The Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL) owns, as assignee, and
exclusively controls public performance rights and radio broadcasting rights in
more than 5 lakh songs (sound recordings) in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali,
Punjabi, Marathi, Malayalam, Bhojpuri and other Indian languages, including both
film and non-film songs such as Ghazals, devotional, folk, pop, classical, etc,
of its more than 250 members, who are music labels.
All licences granted and issued by PPL are non-exclusive, conditional and for
limited purpose and period. There is no transfer of effective title, control,
possession or custody or 'right to use' of copyrights, which vests solely with