Badshah’s & Jacqueline, track Genda Phool track lands in trouble for copyright violation
Rappeer Badshah’s, Payal Dev’s and Jacqueline Fernandez new song Genda Phool faces an allegation of plagiarism for not giving credit to the original Bengali folk song’s writer.
In the music video of the song, Jacqueline Fernandez is seen in a Bengali look, has a line “Borlok er Bittilo, lomba lomba chul….. lal genda phool”, will remind you of the original folk song Borloker Bittilo.
The Bengali folk song which originally written by Ratan Kahar was not credited in the music video which has violated the Section 51of Indian Copyright Amendment Act 2012. Arghya Bose, a Doctoral resercher in France wrote to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee, “In the capacity of a common but responsible citizen of your state, Madam Chief Minister, I feel obliged and responsible to bring to your notice an exploitation of the poor artists of the state of West Bengal at this level by apparently world renowned artists. It is, indeed, the moral responsibility of the entire population of the state, and more so, the government of the state to protect the interests of the artistic communities of our country.”
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Badshah has now reacted to the allegation by posting a statement on his Instagram handle. He wrote, “A couple of days the song release, I started getting feedback on my Social Media that the Bengali lyrics are originally from a song “Boro loker Beti Lo” that were penned by the Veteran Artiist Shri Ratan Kahar.”
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“We had however done our due diligence before releasing the song, and nowhere on any copyright societies or on any of the previous reprises/ versions of the song was Mr. Ratan Kahar credited as lyricist. Information all across say that ” Boro joker Beti Lo” is a traditional/ folk sing from the Bauls of Bengal. Just for general information, traditional songs are open for recreations/ reprises/sampling globally. “
Section 17 of the Copyright Act deals with first owner of the copyrights.
Sources / Gena phool