Retrospective analysis of plagiaristic practices within a cinematic industry in india – a tip in the ocean of icebergs
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AbstractMusic plagiarism is defined as using tune, or melody that would closely imitate with another author’s music without proper attributions. It may occur either by stealing a musical idea (a melody or motif) or sampling (a portion of one sound, or tune is copied into a different song). Unlike the traditional music, the Indian cinematic music is extremely popular amongst the public. Since the expectations of the public for songs that are enjoyable are high, many music directors are seeking elsewhere to “borrow” tunes. Whilst a vast majority of Indian cinemagoers may not have noticed these plagiarised tunes, some journalists and vigilant music lovers have noticed these activities. This study has taken the initiative to investigate the extent of plagiaristic activities within one Indian cinematic music industry. A list of plagiarised songs was produced by using YouTube® searches for “comparative videos” made by the vigilant music lovers about accused/detected music plagiarism. Some of these individuals were also interviewed to understand their views on this. During the investigation, it was possible to identify a vast number of plagiarised tunes, snippets, or even the full songs. In fact, some of these examples’ dates to 1954, during the era when no one would have noticed plagiarism. The paper would highlight the similarities of these music files. It will also show some examples of the excuses/denial given by the composers and would try to highlight the attitudes of general public towards these types of activities.
CitationUmamaheswaran, P., Ramachandran, S. and Sivasubramaniam, S.D., (2020). 'Retrospective Analysis of Plagiaristic Practices within a Cinematic Industry in India–a Tip in the Ocean of Icebergs'. Journal of Academic Ethics, pp.1-11. DOI: 10.1007/s10805-020-09360-7
JournalJournal of Academic Ethics