Covid has very nearly wiped out the live performance business. Concerts, stand up shows, plays—anything that had the potential to turn into a super spreader event—became a giant no-no. So you can imagine the uproar when, on top of lost business, musicians and organisers were asked in July to pay a licence fee of Rs 20,000 ($270) for live streaming performances.

Tickets for online shows were already a tough sell, despite being priced one-fourth the usual cost of an on-ground event. Paying tariffs was out of the question; the order was withdrawn withdrawn The New Indian Express IPRS decides to rework fee for online events Read more .


Shruti Venkatesh

Based in Mumbai, Shruti covers ecommerce and internet for The Ken. In her previous stints with Forbes India and Outlook Business, she has also covered beats like FMCG, retail, stock market and advertising. When not chasing stories, she loves spending her time binge-watching, shopping and taking a leisurely stroll along the sea-facing promenade at Marine Drive.

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