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Aa Paas Aa (from Ankahee): copied from Ottmar Liebert’s “Starry Night”

Found the above statement and a search discovered a YouTube version of the song: Aa Paas Aa – Ankahee

This website chronicles plagiarism in Indian Film Music.

I think this one is much more blatant – I think they sampled straight from “Nouveau Flamenco” – and here is how I found that one.

This reminds me of recording in Milan, Italy, with Leda a few years ago. For lunch we went to a small restaurant, owned by a man from the south of Italy. Leda wanted to introduce me but the man had obviously never heard of me. So Leda hummed the melody from “2 the Night” and the guy started smiling and nodding.

PS: I wonder whether it would be different had I always used a Creative Commons license. I mean it does not do me any good if fans of Bollywood music hear some of my melodies or samples taken from my music if they don’t know they are mine. There is no connection to my name. If the music had been released with a CC license and if the soundtrack composers had accordingly credited me – I would have a fan-base in India that I could sell my own albums to. I realize that is a BIG IF, because they might not want to let anybody know they lifted a melody or sample from somebody, but maybe… As it is copyright could have prevented the Indian musicians from crediting me – because Higher Octave/EMI or Sony Music might have sued them.

The Italian story is entirely different. “2 the Night” was used in the soundtrack for the 1996 Italian movie Il Ciclone – see YouTube vid – fully credited and licensed, and as a result of the success of the movie an Italian band recorded a cover, which was very very popular in Italy in 1997. I received the writing share of the record sales and radio play of that cover through BMI.