Written and Investigated by Bliss and Danny Kumar
MyTamilChannel has contacted Raghu Kunche, the music director of Devudu Chesina Manushulu. From our previous post, it has been understood that The Keys’ Akkamage has been plagiarised and re-maked into a Telugu-based song titled Devuda Devuda. Thus, this is a follow-up of this matter as we have contacted the music director himself. Through his reply, Raghu Kunche, who also sang the Devuda Devuda, claimed the producers had obtained rights from Darkkey and even went on further saying that the producers have paid Darkkey the required fee to use the song. This clearly highlights that The Keys’ Akkamage has been plagiarized as the music director has unknowingly agreed to it. Additionally, the music director had the audacity to mention that he did not like the song number, which highlights poor attitude and professionalism. The music director also stated that they have mentioned Darkkey’s name on the CD back cover, which again is a total disregard to intellectual property.
However, from our discussion with Darkkey, it was further revealed that Darkkey had given no approval for the song to be re-used. If this is how the musicians are being treated by their so-called colleagues, by ripping each other’s creativity and not giving proper credit where it is due, then it is certain that the Indian music scene is heading to the wrong direction.
Darkkey has insisted he has not given any approval and legal action is likely to follow suit. As Aaron Paige beautifully puts it, this is a shameful act of musical theft. That an Indian music director, given all the creative, economic, and material/technological resources at his disposal would exploit and steal creative material (nearly verbatim) from independent Malaysian-Indian artists is not only unlawful but morally and ethically reprehensible. MyTamilChannel will continue to follow this matter seriously and will investigate this matter further until the person who is responsible for this is brought to task.