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The terms of the Copyright Act 1957 caused anger to the megastar Amitabh Bachchan that it allows exclusive rights to the famous literary work of his late father Harivansh Rai Bachchan only for 60 years after his death. Big B expressing his grievance wrote on his blog, “Written copyright and whatever else in the realm, lives 60 years after the passing with the elements of them that be rightful. Really? So, who designed 60 years? Why 60 why not 61, or why not perpetuity! Inheritors that come as natural heirs be natural right holders of creative copyright...right...but after 60 years its’ natural inheritors, after the passing, the heirs become the public at large .. ehh …?
Claiming the copyright conditions to be rubbish, he further wrote, "Who did this intellectual legality, at what context. I believe it initiated in 1957 or so... and (I) am angered by its audacity. So, what gets left as natural heir by father Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan, after his passing passed 60 years, belongs no longer to his domain or possessive copyright as willed...but becomes for the entire Universe to tread, scratch, mutilate, use in commercial consideration on their own creative discretion ??? Rubbish!"
He opposed the present provision and strongly disagreed saying that his inheritance shall be his, his writing shall belong only to him which he shall not get it diluted to the general public. He said that he brings his aesthetic to his creativity which might be the worst, but it should be his copyright.
Big B declared in his blog that he will fight for it that it is a deprivation of the rightful heirs of the creators of famous literary works like William Shakespeare, Mr. Beethoven, or Rabindra Nath Tagore.
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