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Copyright amendment row divides Bollywood

Hit Hindi songs could soon earn their composers and lyricists big bucks. But the proposed amendment to the copyright bill, which will secure royalty share for them, has the film industry divided. And in a move to oppose the amendment, Film Federation of India (FFI), the mother body of all film associations, has banned lyricist Javed Akhtar. "We have taken a decision at Film Federation of India that we will not work with him (Javed Akhtar), since he is being a part of the film industry - he is a lyricist, a great writer and a great man - he should understand our problems. In fact without understanding our problems, he has gone for the Copyright Amendment Bill, which is against the interest of the producers," said FFI Vice President, Ravi Kottarakara. Though almost every music composer and song writer is in favour of the amendment, the Federation has only targetted Javed Akhtar, who is surprised and shocked.

I don't care. Honestly I don't care - it's almost not important. At most they will not give me any work. But that's not the issue. Alright, so I won't be there. So what? Whoever else is there you have to pay royalty to that person. That is important, said lyricist Javed Akhtar.

Some like actor Amir Khan, who was earlier trying to sort out the issue with composers and writers have now decided to take a backseat.

"Actually yeh jo copyright ka masla hai usse maine apne ko bahut dur hata liya hai..isko 2-3 mahine ho gaye hain...toh mujeh pata nahi abhi kya ho raha hai...jo faisla hoga main follow karoonga. (Actually, I have taken myself away from the copyright issue. And it's almost 2-3 months now, so I am not aware of what's happening now. Whatever will be the decision, I shall follow.)," said actor-producer Amir Khan.

To further their protest, the producers' body is planning a token strike on January 6, 2011.

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