Assignment: Krazy 4 Copyright Controversy
‘RAM SAMPATH vs. ROSHANS’
* There are two songs in the movie (Krazy 4) whose music is based on the jingle made by RAM SAMPATH. * Jingle is made for the advertisement of cell phone branded Sony Ericsson. * ROSHANS changed their earlier stand by lacking the bonafides stating that the Hrithik Roshan has didn’t sent the message (SMS) to RAM SAMPATH by writing that Sony Ericsson has gave them the right to use the music. * Ram proved that there was negotiations between him and ROSHANS regarding the usage of jingle in the movie but the negotiation failed. * ROSHANS were offering Rs. 25 Lakhs to RAM SAMPATH but the negotiation failed. * Case filed as ‘Infringement of Copyright’.
* Though it was for few seconds but it creates impact in audience that it is the music taken from some advertisement jingle. * The music rights for the movie was sold for 2.5 crore and ROSHANS were offering 25 lakhs to RAM SAMPATH which was pittance. * At the end RAM SAMPATH proved that ROSHANS copied the jingle by violating the copyright law and even proved that ROSHANS are standing back on their false statement which never happened between them and Sony Ericsson. * The jingle and the songs from the movie has been checked by the expert named SHIV MATHUR who said that the songs music has been copied from jingle and said the music is similar. * D. G. KARNIK (Megistrate) also checked the music and realized the same. * At the end RAM SAMPATH won the case and ROSHANS have to pay compensation of Rs. 2 crore which both the parties has did out of court settlement.
My View Point:
The decision which court gave in favor of RAM SAMPATH was totally wrong because according to me ROSHANS didn’t copy jingle without knowing to RAM SAMPATH. They have offered RAM SAMPATH and negotiated with him for using a very minute part of the jingle or the instrument which he used for making...