Coke Studio 12 ‘Saiyaan’ Faces Copyright Issues, Rohail Hyatt Responds

Saiyaan Coke Studio 12

‘Saiyaan’ was taken off YouTube after a copyright strike by EMI Pakistan

Coke Studio Season 12 ‘Saiyaan’ was taken down last week shortly after being released. The Punjabi folk song was among the three electrifying tracks that were released in the second episode of Coke Studio 12, including Abrar-ul-Haq’s ‘Billo’ and Zeb Bangash’s ‘Roshe’.

However, the latest rendition of the iconic Noor Jehan classic ‘Saiyaan’, featuring Rachel Viccaji and Shuja Haider faced copyrights issue after it’s BTS video got released on Thursday. As per the sources, the video was taken down for not having a license for reproducing an old song Maahi Diyaan Jhokaan, originally sung by Madam Noor Jehan.

According to The Express Tribune, ‘Saiyaan’ faced a copyright strike by EMI Pakistan on YouTube and is not being aired on television either.

Zeeshan Chauhdry, the COO of EMI Pakistan said that they requested YouTube to strike down the BTS of Saiyaan which uses a sample from the original song.

We have claimed copyrights over Saiyyan which is an adaptation of our song and uses a sample from the original to add recall value to the new recording. And since the song was infringing our copyrights, we requested YouTube to strike down the BTS of the song which is possibly why they did not upload the actual song on YouTube, to begin with.

The producer of Coke Studio Season 12 Rohail Hyyat confirmed that Saiyaan was not uploaded on YouTube due to the licensing issue. He added that they will have to acquire licensing for EMI songs to restore the Punjabi classic on all platforms.

We will have to acquire the licensing for EMI songs to proceed further with their remaining songs on the season and for Saiyaan to be restored on all platforms. They have provided some documentation to claim their license over Jadon Holi Jaye the song they feel is being used in Saiyaan.

However, Rohail Hyatt is not sure if Saiyaan actually falls under copyright infringement and thinks that this should be decided by a court of law.

Shuja wanted to incorporate four words from his grandfather’s Punjabi song, Mae Ta Mar Jaaniya, as a tribute to old love songs,” Hyatt explained. “If it was another song that EMI might have claimed rights to then I would have been happy to accept the claim through the proper channel. However, with Saiyaan, I’m not sure if it falls under copyright infringement. Perhaps matters like this should be decided by a court of law.

After ‘Saiyaan’ was taken down from all the platforms, the diehard fans of Coke Studio seemed a bit disappointed.

Let’s hope for the legal teams of Coca Cola and EMI Pakistan to resolve this matter soon so we can relive this iconic song again.

Stay tuned to Hit in Pakistan for more updates and news!

Kayenat Kalam

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