Farhad Humayun serves Coca Cola a legal notice for plagiarising his music

Published 23 Oct, 2020 02:58pm

Irfan Ul Haq

The soft drink manufacturers have seemingly copied Humayun's version of Neray Aah, a 2011 release, for their recent commercial.

Pakistani singer and record producer Farhad Humayun popularly known for his association with the drum-jam band Overload, is suing Coca Cola for infringement of his intellectual property rights.

In what is a recent advertisement named 'Coke and Music,' the carbonated soft drink manufacturers have plagiarised Humayun's version of Neray Aah, a 2011 release.

From the distinct vocalisation to the guitar, rhythm, tempo, music and vocal melody, the broadcast is part of Coca Cola's social media teasers across popular mediums such as YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

The song:

The plagiarised commercial:

"The blatant infringement of Farhad Humayun’s content by Coca Cola is a great disappointment as the corporation professes to champion the efforts of the local music industry but has acted otherwise. The artist has therefore, been forced to seek justice through legal channels," revealed his team in a conversation with Images.

This is not the first time the company is facing accusations of such nature.

Previously, pop singer and activist Shehzad Roy too, sent a legal notice for his 2008 hit Laga Rahe which was used in a Sprite campaign without his official go-ahead.