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Intellectual property rights and KRAZZY 4

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Lots of water has flown on the issue of victory that has been claimed by Ram Sampath for getting 'his' due for the thump song which was supposedly lifted by Rajesh Roshan for KRAZZY 4, and to break out of the impasse, an out of court settlement was reached in which Rs. 2 crore was given as a payment by Roshans to Sampath. Subsequently a press release was issued in all the major print media by Roshans to clarify their position. They were also justified to an extent in their stance about having taken necessary permission from Sony Ericsson for the particular piece. In this haze, the issue of who owned the rights to tune became controversial and brought into relief the issue of ownership of Intellectual property.

In all this melee one thing which has emerged as a prominent motif, and about which focus has not been made is that it is for the first time in the Hindi film industry that an intellectual property right has been accorded the due respect by the court, though the issue has been lost in the labyrinth maze of processes and procedures.

As a country, which is powerhouse of creativity in all the fields, till the advent of KRAZZY 4 controversy respect for intellectual property rights was never an issue that was given an importance, inspite of the fact that in the field of creativity it is the preservation and conservation of the work of creativity that gives respect to the creator? After all it is an Intellectual Property Right, which has been born out of the intellect of the individual and in awarding an intellectual property right, the talent is recognized.

As a country, which has a rich oral tradition, but lags behind in written tradition creations were rarely owned by the creators, but were rather placed in the public domain. This was before it had a price attached to it, or it had a monetary benefit associated with it.

This controversy could turn out to be a blessing in disguise as a trend for filing of creative works with a patenting authority may gives a new dimension to the Hindi film industry. It would also lead to prosperity, as the credit where it is due would be given, and those who are at the helm of affairs would think twice before getting 'inspired' on impunity. The issue should not be seen from the perspective of taking positions, but should be appreciated that now creativity is fighting to protect its honors, and it would be difficult to get 'inspired' without giving due credit at the quarters of inspirations where it is due. This should also start the trend of publish, document and prosper and would lead to more and more fresh talent coming to the market, and would be beneficial for the industry in the long run.

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