In the name of copyright protection, the country’s music label companies, film producers and distributors’ associations and music artistes are repeatedly being harassed by some personnel and shady authorities in recent times. Leaders of Bangladesh Musical Band’s Association (BAMBA), Music Industries Owners Association of Bangladesh (MIB) and Bangladesh Film Producers and Distributors Association (BFPDA) have demanded that the government should take appropriate action against those responsible for these wrongdoings.
They raised these demands at a press conference held at a hotel in the capital’s Karwan Bazar area on Thursday.BMABA president Hamin Ahmed, MIB president AKM Arefer Rahman, BFPDA 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, director of EBS Solutions Enamul Haque and actor-producer Shakib Khan, among others spoke on the occasion.
Welcoming everyone at the beginning of the press conference, BAMBA President Hamin Ahmed expressed his deep concern over the recent misdeeds causing woes to the music industry and its artistes. He said, “How can a person, like Wolora Afrin who identifies her as a lawyer and has nothing to do with the film industry, get the authorisation of a society named Licensing and Collecting Society for Cinematograph Film (LCSCF). Not only that, exploiting the banner claiming to be its president she is 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.”
BFPDA president Khorshed Alam Khasru expressed his shock at these misconducts. He said, “Wolora Afrin has got the approval of a cinematographic society while no one from the film media in Bangladesh is involved with it. How she got such an endorsement needs to be enquired. Such incidents show that we are surrounded by some miscreants who are just willing make the best out of an opportunity, no matter who pays the toll. I demand a clear explanation of such incident by drawing the attention of the appropriate authorities.”
Anupam Recordings owner Md. Anwar Hossain said, “We have been working with Bengali films and film songs for more than 35 years with reputation. A while ago, we hired the accused as a legal consultant for my company. Sadly, while still serving me as my legal adviser, she sent a legal notice of BDT 5 million to Qinetic Network alleging that a copyrighted song on my YouTube channel was ‘illegal’. I don’t understand how she could do this when she was supposed to act as my legal adviser. I urge everyone to be vigilant of her in this regard.”
It may be mentioned that, the accused Wolora Afrin recently filed a lawsuit against Qinetic Network for allegedly violating the copyright of a song by noted lyricist Moniruzzaman Monir without consulting or trying to resolve the issue, and also jailed a well-known artiste in country.
Many artistes and personalities from outside the country also attended the conference which was live through Zoom. Apart from journalists from print and electronic media of the country, music stars, film producers, directors, music directors and other stakeholders of the industry were also present at the press conference. The entire event was moderated by Shrabonnyo Towhida.