Written and Investigated by Bliss and Danny Kumar
Music plagiarism is becoming common these days as artists are ripping off each other to gain immediate success. Wikipedia defines music plagiarism as “the use or close imitation of another author’s music while representing it as one’s own original work”. According to Wikipedia also, plagiarism can take place in two contexts – musical idea, which consists of melody or motif and sampling, reusing a portion of one sound in a different song. In any music scene, music plagiarism is not uncommon, nonetheless it is essential to understand what constitutes plagiarism – and the recent Devuda Devuda, a Telugu song will be the focal point of this article.
Devuda Chesina Manushulu, is an upcoming Telugu film directed by Puri Jagannadh. The movie is produced by B.V.S.N Prasad and the music director is Raghu Kunche. The song Devuda Devuda, a feature song in the movie, has been getting some bad light recently in social media because of its striking resemblance to The Keys Akkamage. Here is the video of the song:
If you have listened to the The Keys’ Akkamage, then surely Devuda Devuda will be a familiar tune to your ears. Through further discussion with Darkkey, MyTamilChannel team understood that the director had contacted Darkkey a month ago to perform this song for his upcoming movie without any charges. Subsequently, Darkkey refused and asked for payment to be involved in the song production. This eventually saw the director going missing-in-action and a month later this song was released, which share similar features with The Keys’ Akkamage. Therefore, MyTamilChannel team also understand that Darkkey is likely to take legal action against the people who are responsible.
MyTamilChannel is currently investigating the issue further and hope to shed some light on this matter.