Satyamev Jayate in legal tangle
I could make it a sound sleep only at 2:30 am last night, after I watched the much awaited Aamir Khan’s Television debut Satyamev Jayate (as it was telecasted in Singapore only at 1 am). And the Copyright lawyer in me woke up immediately on reading the hitting news that “Aamir’s Satyamev Jayate in copyright controversy.”
The much awaited Television show which indeed is a wonderful attempt by a super star to bring social issues on a larger platform, is into a copyright controversy with the music band Euphoria. The music band has alleged that the chorus of the show’s twenty two minute anthem “Satyamev Jayate” had been lifted from one of the band’s second album Phir Dhoom, which was released in 2000. The band has already served a legal notice on Star plus and the necessary parties.
The lead singer of the band Palash Sen has alleged that “……the chorus of composer Ram Sampath’s version of Satyamev Jayate is exactly the same as the chants in our song. They’ve basically used the same refrain. Jo baaki ka gaana hai, that has different words and tune. But the mainstay of the song – the chorus – is ours.” The singer also said that if asked for, he would have given permission without any demand apart from a small credit to the band for the song.
In my opinion, this controversy may not reach the doors of the Court of law, rather would be amicably settled amongst both the parties.