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Days of song writer numbered?

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Technology indeed is like a genie, which is making cataclysmic changes in the way the industry is functioning. Nokia gave an opportunity to the listeners to download the songs, remix them as per there own choice and then enter into a competition. What will happen to the remixers is anybody's guess. They might have the relevance in the dance bars, and clubs but it has indeed given an opportunity to the music fanatic nation to churn out its own variant of mix, and as a result the opportunity has become immense. Now here comes a web site (name withheld), which claims to go one step further and gives the opportunity to the listeners to personalize the song to their own taste.

So if you want to welcome your beloved with the song, Jadu teri nazar…to hai meri kiran, but are in a dilemma as her name is not Kiran, do not twiddle the thumbs. This web site provides you the opportunity to play around with the song and change the name in the song. The web site claims to even alter the lines of lyrics as well, so that it suits your own taste and preferences.

In such a scenario a piquant situation is indeed going to arise for the lyricists, as they do not know in what manner a listener would break into their song to woe a beloved. Would it infringe on the copyright issues, or would it be an infringement of the intellectual property rights? Would it be construed as process modification rather than generic modification? The issues are many. A lyricist may claim product patent on his work, after all it is his work, but the web site may take the stand that by allowing the listener to alter lyrics in the song, it is following the spirit of process patenting, i.e. tinkering with the basic mitochondria to come out with a new product.

The issues are multi-dimensional. While the quotient of personalization is what the website is aiming at to generate the revenue, it may also trigger a sense of ownership among the lyricists not to allow the tampering with their lyrics and they may take relief under the patent regime. Whatever manifestation it might have, it would indeed trigger a debate on intellectual property and awareness would indeed be created about the ownership rights on a work of creativity.



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