We had reported on how 'Isaignani' Ilaiyaraja had sent a legal notice to veteran singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra and Charan over performing his compositions which has taken the Indian music world by storm.
SPB had reacted to the issue via Facebook and Twitter while his song Charan has even spoken to a local television channel in which he clearly explained what this means to them.
Ilaiyaraaja’s copyrights consultant E Pradeep Kumar has now come out open explaining the issue from the music composer's side. In an interview to a news website, Pradeep said, “People have misunderstood the issue. Ilaiyaraaja has given two press meets in the last few years telling people not to perform his songs unless they get permission from him and pay royalty. It is not anything new. SPB has created a situation where a legal notice had to be sent.”
He also said, “We are not compelling orchestras or musicians who are surviving on Ilaiyaraaja’s music to pay up royalties. We are only concentrating on people who are earning lakhs or crores by using his creations. SPB is not doing charity shows. They are minting money and the composer doesn’t get 1 rupee. It is his work and creation.”
When talking about how SPB could've avoided this, he said, “They are friends. He could have spoken to Ilaiyaraaja and gotten rights to perform. There is flexibility. We are saying you tell us how much you want to pay. You have to ask for permission and pay a royalty. But no one is willing to pay even 1 rupee. People want to utilise him free of cost.”
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