G on adapting tunes from others

Sreenivas Paruchuri (sreeni@ktpsp2.uni-paderborn.de)
Fri, 19 Dec 1997 20:09:29 +0100 (MET)


On some other mailing list, recently, there was a discussion on 
plagiarism in Telugu literature. That discussion digressed slightly 
and references were made to plagiarised film song tunes. There I said 
that "as per Indian copyright act, theres no copyright on tunes". This 
lead to an off-net discussion with a nettor and in one of his mails he 
asked what opinions did various MDs have about adapating (sometimes 
directly lifting ...) tunes from others. Lets keep the other MDs' 
opinions aside, atleast for the time being, and listen what Ghantasala 
had to say on this matter. Infact we did see some mails on this list 
where it was said that he very reluctantly did it, at producer's 
wish/pressure etc. etc. Recently I came across a radio interview with 
G, where he addresses this question in detail. I have transcribed his 
interview and am presenting below. Please use RIT or other tools to read 
it in Telugu script. I hope that one day I 'd be able to present the 
original audio on WWW.

The words he stresses are put in quotes. He however speaks incomplete
sentences, which makes it little difficult to follow the written text.
But, I hope that you will get his message.

Regards,		--Sreenivas

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#Q#: ippuDu chooDanDi, oka paaTa #popular# ayitE daaniki, hindee paaTaitE
nEmee, #English# paaTaitEnEmee #Imitations# chaalaa vacchEstunnaayi. okkO
#Tune# baagunTE daanni kaasta aToo, iToo maarchEsi vErE paaTalostunnaayi.
ee anukaraNala gurinchi meerEmanTaaru?

#A#: anukaraNa anEdee maatram, adi janmalO yevaDikee maatram manchidi
kaadani naa #personal opinion#. adi mahaa drOhamani..., anusaraNa evaDO 
chEsukuni, evaDidO anubhavinchaDam... manadilaagaa! bhagavantu_Dicchina
SaktitOTi Edainaa chEya galigitE chEyaali. ippuDu, appuDappuDu 
"meerenduku" chEstunnaarani nannu meeru aDagacchu. ee sinimaa sangeetam 
oka #business#. deeni avasaraanni baTTi #producers# kaavaalanu konnappuDu 
kaani, evarikee cheDugaa unDakunDaa ee laukyamaina_TuvanTi prapaMchaMlO 
manchigaa bratakaalanTE nalugiri daggaraa, everikee eppuDoo kaadanakunDaa 
vaaLLa tRpti kOsam manam kooDaa EdO chEyaalsina avasaram. oka metukannam 
evari daggarayinaa tinnaamanTE vaaLLanu kooDaa tRpti peTTaalsina baadhyata,
vaaLLa laanu viSwaasam manakunDaali kaabaTTi vaaLLa tRpti kOsam Edainaa
mananu chEya mannappuDu, avasaraaniki "nijamgaa" baavundi, aa #picture# lO
vaaLLu aa sannivESaMlO  peTTukunTaaranukOnDi! #Picture# lO EdO inkoka
#Picture# lO unna sannivESam peTTukuni, bhaashadi peTTukoni, EdO okka
#Artist# ni maatram maarchi sangeetam daggara nunchi kooDaa adE
peTTukunTaa_mannappuDu manam kaadanaTam manakenduku? adi kooDaa meerE
peTTEsukOnDi! adi yeTTaagoo naadi kaadu! adi prapanchaaniki telisunnadi!
kaabaTTi meeru ErpaaTu chEsu_kOvalasaindi ani cheppi nEnu vadali 
peTTEstaanu.