This season of Coke Studio has been a rough one, with two songs being flagged down for copyrights issues. After the issue with “Saaiyan“, you’d have thought they’d work things out on other tracks with similar complications.
Coke Studio Season 12 finds itself in the middle of another copyright controversy. Now Sanam Marvi’s first song for the season “Hairaan Hua” has been taken down by YouTube days after it’s release.
According to the message displayed by Youtube on the Twitter link;
“The video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Abida Parveen.”
With poetry composed by Sachal Sarmast, Sanam Marvi graces #CokeStudio12 in Hairaan Hua, a celebration of the Ultimate Beauty of the Divine, and the love and wonder it inspires in His devotees. https://t.co/msyTYPEdNw
— Coke Studio (@cokestudio) November 15, 2019
Meanwhile, Abrarul Haq’s remake of his iconic “Billo” has also been removed over a ‘copyright claim by Karman Entertainment Limited‘. Since Abrar-ul-Haq is the creator of the original “Billo” this copyright claim might be contestable.
#CokeStudio12’s rendition of Billo takes us down memory lane as Abrar Ul Haq takes the stage in a whirlwind of rap and bhangra, reimagining the song's quirk filled craze in full Punjabi zest. @AbrarUlHaqPK https://t.co/awzBlUt6iJ
— Coke Studio (@cokestudio) October 25, 2019
Coke Studio Season 12 Copyrights Controversy
This season of Coke Studio seems plagued by copyright issues. Previously, Shuja Haider and Rachel Viccaji’s “Saaiyan” was not released on YouTube due to copyright issues.
It was EMI Pakistan who came forward, staking their claim on the rights to the Noor Jehan classic. Even with Shuja Haider’s grandfather being one of the song’s original creators, EMI Pakistan stopped the song from being aired.
#CokeStudio12 presents Saiyaan, a duet by Shuja Haider & Rachel Viccaji that hints at the ever present feeling of selfless love, a kind so rare and oft found in folktales that have traveled down to us through time.@RachelViccaji @theshujahaider https://t.co/3bBt8vRERp
— Coke Studio (@cokestudio) October 28, 2019
Later they resolved the matter, and worked it out in a legal way. The song was then released.
Regardless of the fixes, these experiences have left a bitter aftertaste. Fans and listeners are quite upset with the latest developments.
Audiences question how something as important as copyrights was overlooked.
"Hairaan Hua" song by Sanam Marvi has been removed by coke studio because of copyright issues claim by Abida Perveen. Why didn't they realize it earlier while composing the song?#AbidaParveen#cokestudio#cokestudio12
— Muhammad Farooq (@mfarooq_uet) November 19, 2019
okay wtf is going on with coke studio? this is i think the THIRD song this season that's been taken down? it's Hairaan Hua this time. pic.twitter.com/izpE1s6Yi9
— Faizan. (@thoraoffbeat) November 20, 2019
first Mahi diyan gallan was copyrighted then Saiyaan then Billo & Now best of whole season Hairaan hua got removed.
So much disappointment from coke studio this time.
Atleast buy the da*n rights ffs.🙏#CokeStudio12
— Abdul Salam جونیجو 🇵🇰🏏👽 (@junejohere) November 20, 2019
Most fans were excited about the return of Rohail Hyatt to Coke Studio. Now they blame him for the issues.
Fed up of these copyright claims on coke studio 12 songs
Highly unprofessional behaviour by rohail hyatt and his team#cokestudio12
— Husnain mansha (@husnain_mansha) November 19, 2019
Why can't @rohailhyatt / @cokestudio just sort the copyrights matters before ever making the song? It was a brilliant brilliant work by Sanam Marvi but un ethical to breach copyrights #cokestudio12 https://t.co/72ijDUivQT
— Meerah (@_Le_Dass) November 20, 2019
Sorry I was wrong, Rohail hyatt couldn’t do it either. Coke studio is beyond saving.
— nma (@namaloomafraaad) November 15, 2019
Some still rushed to Rohail Hyatt’s defense.
Ap ke marzi h bhai
Apka kia khyal h itny hit songs k copyrights CS waln ne purchase ni kiye hon gy? Comeon payan.itny lalu bethy hn itny bary platform py?Apko ye b pata Mahi diyan jhokan Q wapis aya youtube py?
Bhai it's better to go deep instd of making opinions on aprnt things
— Usama Minhas (@usamaafi) November 20, 2019
Some of us would like to assume this a really bad practical joke.
Coke Studio's Billo has been deleted because of a copyright infringement. Apparently Abrat doesn't own it lol!
— Jingle Man (@sahmedzawar) November 20, 2019
Omg, what an industry!
— Stable Genius (@ammaryasir) November 20, 2019
We did get some good jokes out of this though.
Literally no one:
Indians in Coke Studio comments: pic.twitter.com/EFB8Zp66hP
— Amna T. Ahmad (@Amna_T_Ahmad) November 18, 2019
Me Comes Home After Working 12 Hours, My Mom to Me: "Jaldi Ready hojao Market Jana hai"
— Nabeel. (@aja_mere7) November 17, 2019