Sony Music, Fox Star settle case with QGM music director

MUMBAI: Sony Music Entertainment India, Fox Star Studios and producer of Quick Gun Murugan Phat Phish India have settled the lawsuit that was filed against them by the movie’s music composer – Sagar Desai.

Desai had filed in the Delhi High Court against the three companies – Sony Music Entertainment India (owners of music rights), Fox Star Studios (distributors/copyright owners) and producer of Quick Gun Murugan Phat Phish India (original producers). The suit was filed as
the companies had not given Desai due credit for his work in the theatrical prints, the CDs of the film’s music and the website for the film.

The companies involved have now reached an out-of-court settlement with Desai and have agreed that he deserves due credit as the music composer of five songs in the album (of which three songs have been used in the Hindi version of the film and two songs in the other versions).

Under the terms of the settlement, Fox Star has said that all theatrical prints give due credit to Desai as music composer for the
film. Due credit will also be given to Desai on the movie’s website. Additionally, Fox Star also said that all promotional material for the film, including posters and in print, electronic, web and other media, will give Desai due credit as music composer where any credits for the
music/lyrics are mentioned. All stocks of VCDs and DVDs released on and after 27 August, 2009, will give due credit to Desai as music
composer in the inlay cards.

Sony has also affixed stickers with Desai’s name as the music composer on all music CDs of the film, which are already part of existing stock in retail stores in Delhi and Mumbai. The process of affixing the stickers on existing stock at substantially all other direct service
stores in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai will be completed by 7 September, 2009. Additionally, new stocks of CDs and MP3s released by the company on and after 27 August, 2009, will give due credit to Desai as music composer in the inlay cards.

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