Copyright amendments and cinematographic films

By Rahul Chaudhry, Lall Lahiri & Salhotra

We On 29 April, Calcutta High Court refused an interim injunction to Anandji, one part of the famed Bollywood music composer duo Kalyanji-Anandji, against the use of their song Apni Toh Jaise Taise, from the 1981 film Laawaris, in the 2010 film Housefull.

Sajid Khan, the director of Housefull, claimed that Saregama, the label on which the Laawaris soundtrack was released, gave his film the rights to the original song. However, Anandji and the heirs of the producer of Laawaris, Prakash Mehra Productions, claimed that Prakash Mehra Productions owned the copyright to the song and they had not licensed its use. They are likely to appeal the decision.

Rahul Chaudhry,Partner,Lall Lahiri & Salhotra
Rahul Chaudhry
Lall Lahiri & Salhotra

The proposed amendment to the Indian Copyright Act is set to change all this. At present, producers of films have a monopoly over all copyright material. The proposed amendment seeks to prevent the absolute assignment of rights so that composers and lyricists continue to receive income from what they create.

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Rahul Chaudhry is a partner with Lall Lahiri & Salhotra.


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