CISAC has issued a statement saying it is "extremely pleased" with the Indian Cabinet's recent approval of changes to the Indian Copyright Act, which would grant independent rights to authors of literary and musical works used in film.

The proposed amendments would end the tradition of film producers and record companies withholding rights from creators. Creators would be guaranteed independent rights and there would be a legislative framework allowing the collective management of these rights, including licensing and royalty collection.

Film producers and record labels in India have been able to exploit the musical works of composers and lyricists on the basis of blanket buyouts.

The modifications to the law must now pass the Indian Parliament.

"If you've ever had the pleasure of watching a Bollywood movie, you know what a central role music plays in Indian cinema," said CISAC's President Robin Gibb in a statement. "Music adds true value to Indian film productions and the fact that the authors of these musical works have had their rights taken away and received no subsequent royalties is unconscionable. The Indian Cabinet has taken a major step towards resolving this problem. Let's hope that the Indian Parliament will follow suit."

"CISAC and the 2.5 million creators it represents worldwide support the Indian Cabinet's efforts to recognise the rights of composers and lyricists in audiovisual works," added CISAC's director general Eric Baptiste. "India represents a preeminent cultural force and hopefully the Parliament will ensure that the rights of India's creators are upheld by the law."

CISAC - the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers - represents 225 authors' societies from 118 countries.