It all started when actor Abhay Deol sported a bruised eye at the red carpet of a popular awards night recently. The actor was protesting against the popular music T-Series which was pestered the film One By Two‘s music team to sign illegal contracts. The row went on for a long time and since the film is being co-produced by Abhay, the concern was natural for the actor. Including lyricist Javed Akhtar, singers Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik, many other music composers took on the campaign against T-Series very promptly.
Meanwhile when Koimoi asked Viacom 18 for their opinion, the company spokesperson said,“There have been lots of speculations in the media on this issue of Music rights of our film One By Two and a few observations made without fully understanding the facts. We wish to clarify that T- series legitimately holds the rights to the Music of One By Two and Producers are required to provide them the relevant link documents. There was some misunderstanding regarding the factual positions and we are happy the same stands clarified and resolved between all parties. Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Abhay Deol being the producers now look forward to the release of Music on all platforms and T series is happy to provide their support to ensure One By Two gets the best release.”
If reports of a popular news daily is to be believes the music company honcho has finally let go the film after the scathing debacle that occurred. The film’s music was put on hold by the T-Series which acquired the rights of it from Viacom 18. The former insisted that music director trio Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy give the copyright in favor of T-Series. They held on to their stand and Abhay backed them consistently on the same.
It is a shame that authors and musicians cannot take royalty for the songs they produce and create. It is quite a feudal system that T-Series was falling back on. Shankar Mahadevan hailed this moment as historic after T-Series sent out their official statement about relinquishing the rights of the film.
T-Series’ statement read, “We have decided to relinquish the music rights of One By Two. Although we had all the rights from Viacom, we could not release the music album in the absence of a valid link between Viacom and composers of the album. We wish all the very best to Mr Deol for his film.”
Though potent questions have been risen that the Indian law doesn’t have very strict rules about copyright basics and infringements, however, this issue might be a cue for them to act more strongly on it.