IPL 2020 Anthem Faces Plagiarism, Composer Denies allegations
Composer Pranav Ajayrao Malpe said it is his original work and he even has a certificate from Music Composers Association of India (MCAI).
Delhi-based rapper KRSNA on 7 September accused the Indian Premier League (IPL) of plagiarising his track 'Dekh kaun aaya waapas' to create the anthem for the 2020 edition of the cricketing tournament.
But composer Pranav Ajayrao Malpe said it is his original work and he even has a certificate from Music Composers Association of India (MCAI).
“Disney+Hotstar have left no option for us but to seek legal recourse and our label is going to fight this unfair and scandalous plagiarisation,” KRSNA said.
Malpe said four MCAI panelists, including musician Leslee Lewis, independently assessed both the songs and did not find any similarity.
The composer said the thought behind the track, released on September 6, was to express the struggle everyone was going through during the pandemic “and to give them hope of a comeback.”
“Nagpur has a small but budding hip-hop and rap scene which I’m a part of. I’m proud that this track has been liked and that I’ve been able to put a spotlight on the Nagpur hip-hop scene,” he added.
IPL 2020 will be held in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.
“A genre or rap style however is not copyrightable and doesn’t constitute plagiarisation. Hence the panel is of the opinion that there exists substantial difference between the compositions of both the tracks,” the statement from MCAI read.
KRSNA, however, said MCAI has no legal standing in the matter and has shown a “shocking lack of understanding” of the genre.
“The MCAI statement is a serious attack on musicians and composers everywhere because their claim that a genre like hip hop cannot be differentiated means everyone is free to copy everybody else – hook, line and sinker,” he claimed.
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