EMI issues notice to Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan over copyright infringement


Another copyright infringement issue has arisen — and this time it is no one but the singer from one of the oldest musical families in South Asia, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan of the Patiala household. It appears that Shafqat, who just released the music video for ‘Dil Dharakne Ka Sabab’ has violated the copyrights of the song, which belongs to EMI Pakistan.

According to the legal notice sent to Times Music, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan and Naseeruddin Shah, the song was first performed by Ghulam Ali in 1983 for album Meri Pasand, followed by Madam Noor Jehan and Salamat Ali in 1984 and by Firdousi Begum in 1986 for albums Noor Jehan Geet Aur Ghazlain and Gali Gali Meri Yaad Bichi Hai respectively.

The notice wants a clarification from the parties and wants the company and performers to abide by the copyrights laws and respond within three days or else strict legal action will be taken.

The case comes in soon after the fued over ‘Bhar Do Jholi Meri”s rendition in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. This again throws the same question at the concerned authorities about the copyrights violations as to where do musicians or performers draw the line and what becomes of those who do get in hot waters.