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Swanand Kirkire and Varun Grover wage a war, fight for lyricists’ credit on streaming platforms and music apps

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 year, the Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) filed an FIR towards a main manufacturing home searching for 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.

We acquired in contact with some distinguished lyricists on this

SWANAND KIRKIRE (3 Idiots, Barfi!, Lage Raho Munnabhai) 

The drawback is, we’re combating two things: one the music firms and huge labels put songs on YouTube, and don’t give correct credit. This is a frequent apply, they neglect. Nobody says something, and it retains going on. They don’t get back once we level out. Some platform did get back not too long ago 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 drawback is, you can not search a music 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 taking place with my music, how many individuals are streaming it, which state or nation they belong to, lyricists don’t have any technique to discover that out.

VARUN GROVER (Gangs of Wasseypur, Fan, Udta Punjab) 

I’ve been speaking about it for years now. Many official channels on YouTube, and music company channels of Eros, Sa Re Ga Ma, Shemaroo, Ultra, lots of them which have music as a enterprise, they don’t credit lyrics writers, or they provide incorrect credit generally. We keep compiling, we’ve got a checklist of those music credit. We are still 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 choose their knowledge from music firms 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 house 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 would present all songs.

SAMEER ANJAAN (Aashiqui, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dhoom 3)

The Screen Writer’s Association is taking a huge step as a result of I believe individuals do that knowingly. They have a enormous nexus and intention behind not retaining the author or composer’s identify, as a result of then the royalties is not going to go in the appropriate place, and that can give profit to individuals concerned on this. But now we are attempting our degree best to make them (apps) conscious, if they’re sensible sufficient to begin giving credit. Then we’ll take authorized motion.

Also, last year’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 music was by Nadeem Shravan, and lyrics by me. Shabbir had written just one line at first, remainder of the music was authentic. How can they do that injustice? It’s very important to take this forward, solely then a answer will come up. 

SHELLEE (Shahid, Manmarziyaan, Jawaani Jaaneman)

I wrote a music 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 music 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’ll begin getting the royalty. But what in regards to the royalties of the previous? We don’t do any gigs or concert events like singer, who receives a commission Rs 40 lakhs generally. We simply receives a commission peanuts as soon as, and there are negotiations, and nothing after that. Then we’ve got to resort to doing different things like dialogue and script writing to earn further moolah.

Even if the spelling of your identify is incorrect, you received’t get royalty. IPRS controls the home royalties, we’d like extra transparency in that too.

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