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Prevent Unfair Copyrights claims in Carnatic music

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UPDATE JUNE 25, 2014: THE HINDU COVERED THIS STORY OF THYAGARAJA COMPOSITIONS BEING CLAIMED ON YOU TUBE FOR COPYRIGHT BY RECORD LABELS. YOU TUBE RESPONDED THAT THEY TAKE COPYRIGHTS SERIOUSLY AND THEY ALLOW DISPUTES TO BE ADDRESSED ON THEIR WEBSITE. HOWEVER THE BASIC ISSUE THAT LABELS CANNOT CLAIM COPYRIGHTS ON COMPOSITIONS HAS BEEN MISSED BY YOU TUBE. THIS IS UNFORTUNATE. HENCE I REQUEST MORE AND MORE SIGNATURES TO THIS PETITION. THE ORGINAL PETITION IS AS FOLLOWS:

 

Dear You Tube, you know that worldwide, listeners of the classical musical form of India, Carnatic music, reach out thousands of times everyday on You Tube to wonderful uploads of great music by artistes, organizers and other listeners.

 

i have come to know (see photo) that Lahari Recording has successfully got you to block an upload of a live concert recording of a Carnatic musical composition "O Rangashayi", claiming worldwide rights.

 

To set the context, Carnatic music comprises a rich body of lyrical+musical compositions by Thyagaraja (1767-1847 CE) and others. These thousands of compositions are learnt under teachers for many years by musicians who thereafter present the compositions with or without many improvisational elements like raga alapana, niraval, swara, etc. Each such presentation of the self-same composition therefore is UNIQUE and appreciated by listeners live or via broadcasts and You Tube uploads many times over. 

 

If a music label (eg a member of IPRS.org) claims copyrights to the original musical composition instead of copyrights to their own specific recording track of a particular artiste, this would be laughable; and more so reprehensible to the development and encouragement of Carnatic music. The extant example is perhaps a tip of the iceberg as these recording company labels may effectively armtwist you and exploit You Tube for their monetizing their own records instead of encouraging new presentations and newer musicians. This will KILL CARNATIC MUSIC.

 

You Tube would do well to understand the ethos and creative forces at play in Carnatic music. As we speak, the anniversary Aaaraadhana of Thyagaraja is being celebrated in Thiruvaiyyaru, Tamil Nadu. Songs like O Rangashayi will be performed by several musicians, heard and enjoyed. If those assembled heard that someone holds copyrights to this song, they will be scandalized. 

 

If there is a commercial label of the reading of say the Bible, would that label prevent any new Bible readings from being uploaded on You Tube for violating copyrights!? Who can ever hold copyrights on Bible readings or Carnatic music compositions!?

 

Please come back to me for a detailed face-to-face discussion if you like. We can meet with hundreds of musicians and listeners in an open forum to sort this matter out. To save you trouble, I am creating this petition, which will be signed by many affected by such copyrights protection in Carnatic music.



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