Film and music industry insiders urged the government to take necessary steps to protect the country’s music labels, film producers and distributors and singers against repeated harassment by a quarter in the name of copyright infringement.
They made the demand at a press conference held on Thursday morning at La Vinci Hotel in the capital’s Karwanbazar area.
Bangladesh Musical Bands Association president Hamin Ahmed, Music Industries Owners Association of Bangladesh president AKM Arefer Rahman, Bangladesh Film Producers and Distributors Association president Khorshed Alam Khasru, MIB vice-president and Anupam Recording Media owner Anwar Hossain, MIB senior vice-president and owner of Chena Sur Hasan Matiur Rahman and director of EBS Solutions Enamul Haque spoke at the press conference.
BAMBA president Hamin Ahmed said, ‘It is a matter of deep concern that a person like Wolora Afrin, who identifies her as a lawyer and has nothing to do with the film industry, gets the authorisation of a society named Licensing and Collecting Society for Cinematograph Film. She is not only exploiting the banner but also causing deep unrest in this industry — one after another. She has even dared to intimidate and harass our BAMBA artistes and the individuals involved with it.’
‘We all know that the copyright act specifically states that if there is a complication with the copyright issue, the matter should first be resolved cordially through mutual discussion and arbitration with the help of the copyright office. But she seems not to care about them and continues sending legal notices to audio companies and producers at her own discretion,’ Hamin added.
‘This time Wolora has victimised BAMBA member Jamshed, famed lead vocal of rock band Powersurge, independent musician and song writer Zooel, Nafis and Sanji who all work at Qinetic Network and has threatened to reprimand them when they refused to comply with her “illegal, immoral and unhealthy” proposal. She did not even care to discuss the matter with BAMBA and filed a case with the police station and made sure that they are sent to jail,’ Hamin said.
‘This is an extreme violation of morality and dignity. We strongly protest at these incidents and urge the government to safeguard the rights of artistes and ensure a conducive environment for the musicians working in the music industry,’ Hamin concluded.
MIB President AKM Areferr Rahman said, ‘Wolora Afrin has created the Licensing and Collecting Society for Cinematograph Film, although not a single person from our film industry is involved in it. She is now using that banner as a mask and is trying to rule over the various music producers, service providers and production houses. She is threatening everyone to go by her words and when someone opposes, she pounces over them with her vengeance and harasses them with threats, legal notices and lawsuits. We strongly protest such misdeeds on behalf of the music industry.’
BFPDA president Khorshed Alam Khasru said, ‘We need to probe how she got the authorisation for her society. Such incidents show that we are surrounded by some miscreants who are just searching for opportunities to exploit any situation. I demand a clear explanation of such incidents by drawing the attention of the authorities concern.’
Khorshed also added that Shakib Khan, the country’s top actor and producer, alleged that the same lawyer recently tried to trap him over a song recently used in his film ‘Password’.
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