One thing I don’t think we’ve talk enough about on SpicyIP is the other threat to the music industry. Not piracy which we’ve written so much about and you’ve probably read even more about but plagiarism.
Advertising jingle composer Ram Sampath has accused Rakesh Roshan (the producer) of using the songs “Break-Free” and the title track though the tunes are copied from his Sony Ericsson ad. The facts are a little fuzzy from here as The Hindu reports that the composer and the producer have reached a settlement after the Court ordered for the deletion of the two songs before the film release. However IBN Live reports that the Court has allowed the release of the movie (with or without the disputed songs is not specified) as long as Rs. 25 lakhs in damages are paid to the composer.
I will fill in the correct information when I get it but for now I just wanted to talk briefly about Bollywood and copyright violations. We’ve all seen films that have been lifted scene by scene from Hollywood movies. As well as heard songs lifted from the efforts of others – its widely talked about as well as written about though nobody does anything much about it. However this kind of laxity seems to be melting away with Bollywood’s growing up – this decision by the Madras High Court being a step in the right direction. I’m going to be reading and writing more about this, since I’m still thinking this over I would appreciate your opinions on the subject.