Kanika Kapoor, the first celebrity who had tested positive for Covid-19 in India drawing a lot of flak for attending parties amid the spread of the deadly disease, has found herself in the hot soup once again.
This time, the Baby Doll singer’s newly released song – Buhe Bariyan – has been accused of being a copy of a Pakistani song.
Pakistani musician Hadiqa Kiani, who originally sang the popular song Boohey Barian, took to reveal she was upset after Kapoor’s rendition was released without giving her the due credit or even asking for her permission.
She even threatened to take legal action against the singer as well as a production company.
Originally released in 1998, Boohey Barian was a song that Hadiqa Kiani’s mother Khawar Kiani wrote for her album Roshni.
“I own all rights to ‘Boohey Barian’ and all songs on my album Roshni. My mother wrote the poetry. Anyone claiming they own my masters or rights is saying so illegally and my team is taking action. We have copyright documents dated from before Roshni came out, registered with full rights and ownership. No company or entity was ever given those masters and no company has any documents with my signature on it giving rights. I have stayed quiet for long enough.”
In another post, she wrote, “Another day and another shameless rendition of the song my mother wrote. No one asked for my permission, no one has given me royalties, they just take the song that my mother wrote and I recorded, and use it as an easy money making scheme,” she wrote.
“So far, it’s been stolen to be used in multiple Bollywood films starring the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta. It’s been stolen by every other singer who sings on stage while earning. And of course, by many singers who produce full music videos. Some of these cover videos have received almost 200 million views on YouTube. The latter gives me ‘credit’ by mentioning ‘original song: Boohey Barian by Hadiqa Kiani,” she said.
“Almost every time I have covered a song, I have bought rights to the song, asked permission of the artist or paid loyalties to the artist because that is the ethical way to do things”.
“I’m alive and well, if you want [to] sing my songs, ask me first… I want to be flattered about these covers because in theory, they’re paying tribute But there’s a right and wrong way to do something. Profiting off of someone else’s hit song without any thought is not right.”
I want to make it clear I have nothing against the singer and other singers who have sung the songs. I’m just upset about the way they all seem to go about the process. Anyways, the theft of Pakistani music continues,” she concluded.
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