After nepotism and favouritism, one other debate appears to be within the making in Bollywood. Recently, songwriter-singer Swanand Kirkire tweeted, “OTT pe lyricists ka naam na hona sirf credit ka na hona nahin hain balki Lyrics Writer ke Wajood ko na maanana hai.. they don’t acknowledge as the creators/artists @spotifyindia @spotify @AppleMusic @JioSaavn”.
Last 12 months, the Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) filed an FIR towards a main manufacturing home in search of round ₹100 crore due in royalties to a number of music composers and writers since 2012. Danish Javed, of the Screen Writer’s Association says they’ll complain. “If lyricists get their name on a publishing platform, as a member of the IPRS they get part of the royalty,” he says.
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SWANAND KIRKIRE (3 Idiots, Barfi!, Lage Raho Munnabhai)
OTT pe lyricists ka naam na hona sirf credit ka na hona nahin hain balki Lyrics Writer ke Wajood ko na maanana hai.. they don’t acknowledge because the creators/ artists @spotifyindia @spotify @AppleMusic @JioSaavn @gaana https://t.co/3DI9dAgabO
— Swanand Kirkire (@swanandkirkire) July 22, 2020
The downside is, we’re combating two issues: one the music corporations and massive labels put songs on YouTube, and don’t give correct credit. This is a widespread apply, they neglect. Nobody says something, and it retains going on. They don’t get again once we level out. Some platform did get again lately saying ‘thanks for bringing to our notice’. They didn’t even say it was a mistake. Now coming to apps, they don’t credit the lyricists anyplace of their algorithm. The downside is, you can’t search a track by a lyrics author’s identify. You can search the music director’s identify. Apart from some random play lists somebody made for like Sahir Ludhianvi (there received’t be something). I can search the songs I’ve sung, as a result of I’m a singer too. I get detailed historical past what’s occurring with my track, how many individuals are streaming it, which state or nation they belong to, lyricists don’t have any method to discover that out.
VARUN GROVER (Gangs of Wasseypur, Fan, Udta Punjab)
Fans who make covers of those songs have far more respect for the creators and all the time make sure that to credit your entire group (lyricists, singers, composers). https://t.co/nckg5IeaKa
— वरुण 🇮🇳 (@varungrover) July 18, 2020
I’ve been speaking about it for years now. Many official channels on YouTube, and music firm channels of Eros, Sa Re Ga Ma, Shemaroo, Ultra, a lot of them which have music as a enterprise, they don’t credit lyrics writers, or they offer fallacious credit typically. We preserve compiling, we have now a checklist of those track credit. We are nonetheless new and been working for eight-nine years, I’m speaking about Gulzar, unka credit nahi hai on official YouTube channels. Javed Akhtar. Shailender, these legends have credit lacking on YouTube channels. Coming to apps,what occurs is, they decide their information from music corporations who present them their libraries. In their library itself, they don’t have the lyricist’s identify written! The factor with some apps is that they work on the American mode, the place they assume the composer is the songwriter. They don’t even have area for lyric credit of their software program. You can’t search if you wish to see all songs of Javed Akhtar, however if you wish to search Arijit Singh, it’s going to present all songs.
SAMEER ANJAAN (Aashiqui, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dhoom 3)
The Screen Writer’s Association is taking a massive step as a result of I feel folks do that knowingly. They have a big nexus and intention behind not maintaining the author or composer’s identify, as a result of then the royalties is not going to go in the precise place, and that may give profit to folks concerned on this. But now we are attempting our stage greatest to make them (apps) conscious, if they’re good sufficient to start out giving credit. Then we are going to take authorized motion.
Also, final 12 months’s greatest hit Dilbar Dilbar (Satyameva Jayate), in a main publication, it was written on the entrance web page ‘Music by Tanishq Bagchi, lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed’ when initially the track was by Nadeem Shravan, and lyrics by me. Shabbir had written just one line to start with, remainder of the track was unique. How can they do that injustice? It’s essential to take this forward, solely then a answer will come up.
To all streaming platforms, Please don’t give my identify as a composer if u r omitting the identify of a lyricist , I’m incomplete with out lyrics and the lyricist @swanandkirkire
— Shantanu Moitra (@ShantanuMoitra) July 22, 2020
SHELLEE (Shahid, Manmarziyaan, Jawaani Jaaneman)
I wrote a track in 2014 Beparwah for Shahid. Why is my identify lacking on YouTube? People remark ‘soulful lyrics’ however my identify is lacking! How humiliating is that. There’s a rule: if the identify is lacking, the royalties from the track received’t come to you, be it YouTube or music apps. Unlike overseas, we don’t have the rights. These music apps have a completely different algorithm. If we’re given our credit, we are going to begin getting the royalty. But what concerning the royalties of the previous? We don’t do any gigs or live shows like singer, who receives a commission Rs 40 lakhs typically. We simply receives a commission peanuts as soon as, and there are negotiations, and nothing after that. Then we have now to resort to doing different issues like dialogue and script writing to earn additional moolah.
Even if the spelling of your identify is fallacious, you received’t get royalty. IPRS controls the home royalties, we want extra transparency in that too.
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