Just as the song Pungi Bajaa Kar from Saif Ali Khan's spy thriller Agent Vinod is gaining popularity, an Iranian music band Barobax Corp, has slapped a legal notice on music director Pritam Chakraborty and distributors of Agent Vinod for alleged copyright violation.
According to the legal notice issued by law firm Vidhii Partners, Barobax corp had on January 16, 2010 produced and released an album titled Soosan Khanoom which became a rage.
"On March 12 this year, the band came across the promotions of the movie Agent Vinod on satellite television in Iran. The song Pungi Baja De was being aired. On listening to the song, the band realised that the initial portion of the song is lifted without any change from the title song of their album," the notice claims.
According to the notice, the band is the owner of the copyright of the song Soosan Khanoom which is registered under the Copyright Act in Canada on June 30 last year and hence the music of the song cannot be used without the band's permission.
However, the makers of Agent Vinod refuted the claim made by Borabax. In an interview to PTI, producer of Agent Vinod, Dinesh Vijan denied the charges. "There is no similarity between the two tracks. It's just that for the first, three-four seconds of the groove cannot be patented anywhere else. For once, Pritam's melody is original," Vijan said.
"If you listen to both the tracks, you will come to know there is no similarity, except for the first three-four seconds," he said.
The Iranian music band, in the notice, had demanded that the music director, producers and directors to refrain from releasing the song in the movie. The band had said they would be compelled to initiate proceedings to seek a restraining order and necessary compensation.
"There are two versions of the song, the one that will be there in the film, has nothing to do with the song of the singing group...so they cannot do anything about it. We will reply in the right manner," Vijan said.
Agent Vinod, starring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles, releases on 23rd March.
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