It was just a couple of days ago that news about a fan accusing IIFA of plagiarism broke out. The whole thing started after IIFA was aired on television for the Indian audiences last Sunday. During the award ceremony, IIFA paid a tribute to the talented actress Sridevi with a video of the most memorable moments from her films. The fan had apparently earlier made a video that was similar to the one that was played on IIFA’s stage. She took to Facebook and accused IIFA of using her content without her permission.
It's so heartbreaking when something you've worked on gets ripped off and passed off as someone else's work. I just…
Social media blew up with posts and discussions about the same post that with no response from IIFA’s team at all. However, the late actress’ husband, Boney Kapoor, shared his thoughts on the fan’s allegations with Hindustan Times.
Almost all of the clips in the video are owned by me or Yash Raj Films, thus, giving us the right to use them as we like. The video was approved by me for IIFA, after a discussion with YRF, and I’d like to know what gives her (Saba Arif) the right to claim it as her own. If she has a problem with the video, she should reach out to me rather than just make such accusations.
Sure, the clips are his to own. But I put my heart and soul into this video — it took me three days to make it. They didn’t change the sequences of the clips or the song(s), and the fact that I had put all that together makes the concept my intellectual property. This was never about the same clips being used, but about my hard work being taken for such a show without any acknowledgement. It is still my video, and I’d like to be acknowledged for the same. I’m just surprised by this reaction to my post.
What’s your take on this?