Sony Music beneath hearth as Kerala’s temple music movies get copyright strikes on-line

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A number of YouTubers and social media videographers are up in arms towards American big Sony Music Leisure for claiming copyright over the state’s temple percussion kinds equivalent to ‘pandi melam’ and ‘panchavadyam’.

An argument is brewing in Kerala over who owns the copyright for the completely different kinds of conventional percussion ensemble that kind the crux of the state’s temple festivals. A number of YouTubers and social media videographers are up in arms towards American big Sony Music Leisure for claiming copyright over the state’s temple percussion kinds equivalent to ‘pandi melam’ and ‘panchavadyam’.

They allege that their movies of reside percussion ensembles from temple festivals throughout Kerala on YouTube and Fb are being marked for copyright violation by Sony Music as they sound just like the tracks of a movie named ‘The Sound Story’, starring Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty. The multi-lingual film launched earlier this 12 months, whose audio tracks are the copyright of Sony Music, explores Pookutty’s desires of recording the unique sounds of ‘Thrissur Pooram’, Kerala’s grandest temple pageant.

“After the release of the film, whenever we upload any video of a percussion ensemble from any temple festival in Kerala, we get a copyright notice from Sony. On the day of the Pooram, while we were recording the ‘melam’ (percussion assembly) live on Facebook, it abruptly stopped and still remains blocked,” mentioned Anto, who operates ‘Live Media’ that covers temple festivals and occasions on social media.

YouTube and Fb have automated settings that block content material for which copyright is already owned by another person. Copyrighted content material from the highest publishers can be found on a web based database towards which content material uploaded to most on-line platforms are matched for violations. Creators of such content material can dispute the declare and get the strike launched to unblock the content material. Within the case of Thrissur Pooram music, a match occurs simply as a result of within the temple rituals the preparations are virtually precisely the identical each time.

Satheesh, one other on-line videographer primarily based in Thrissur, spoke of the identical expertise whereas live-streaming the Thrissur Pooram by means of a Fb web page that has a whole lot of subscribers. Minutes after the video was blocked, he acquired a notification from Sony that learn, “Your video has been blocked because it may contain music, audio or video that belongs to someone else. Your video matches 1 minute and 29 seconds of audio owned by Sony Music Entertainment.”

They allege that the movies they publish on-line appeal to copyright violation basically as a result of they comprise comparable audio tracks of various percussion kinds like ‘pandi melam’ and ‘panchavadyam’ which had been recorded reside for ‘The Sound Story’ as properly. The ‘pandi melam’ fashion of percussion entails devices like chenda (drums), ilathalam (cymbals), kuzhal (a double-reed wind instrument) and kombu (wind instrument). In ‘panchavadyam’, ‘thimila’ (an hour-glass formed instrument), ‘maddalam’ (drums), ilathalam (cymbals), idakka (hour-glass formed drums) and kombu (wind instrument) are used. “If I live-stream 2.5 hours of the Pandi Melam, the audio in my video may have matched their (Sony) audio for just one minute. But still the entire 2.5 hours falls under their copyright,” mentioned Satheesh.

Pookutty responded to the controversy in a Fb publish late Wednesday evening denying allegations that he had ‘sold the copyright of the Pooram’ to Sony. “To put it clearly, I don’t own the copyright or the IPR of the film Sound Story. It is owned by the producers namely #PrasadPrabhakarProductions and #PalmstoneMultimedia They are the ones who have contractual obligations with Sony Music and Sony Pictures… As far as I know, #SonyPictures has been given the distribution rights of the film Sound Story film only and nothing else,” he wrote.

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