Boney Kapoor responds to allegations of using a plagiarised tribute video of Sridevi played at IIFA

Boney Kapoor responds to allegations of a Sridevi fan who accused the organisers of IIFA for using her fan-made video to pay tribute to Sridevi at IIFA 2018.
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Late actor Sridevi was recently given a heartfelt tribute at the IIFA 2018 which was held in Bangkok last month. A heart touching tribute was played just before Boney Kapoor went up the stage to collect the award for Sridevi. Soon after the telecast, a fan named Saba Arif accused the organisers of IIFA for lifting the video from her youtube channel and trying to pass it as an original. Saba Arif took to her FB page and expressed her amusement on IIFA using the video she edited without asking her or giving her credit.

Her post, of course, garnered the much-desired attention and has gone viral since then. Now, Boney Kapoor responded to the allegations and told 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.” 

At IIFA, the same video gets a new male voice-over. A watermark with the letters IIFA can be seen at the bottom of the screen in this version of the video. When Saba was told of Boney's reply, she reacted saying, "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 do you have to say on this? Is it fair for Saba to ask for credit or not? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Talk about plagiarism! Haven't you just lifted quotes from an HT City article without credit too?

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