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Copyright Feud between SP Balasubrahmanyam and Ilayaraja

In recent news SP Balasubrahmanyam, famous playback singer and vocal artist received a legal notice from Ilayaraja, a  composer who has almost composed for over 6000 films, most of them sung by SP Balasubrahmanyam, prohibiting him from performing any song composed by him without prior permission.

S.P.B, as lovingly called by his fan, through a Facebook post, expressed this news to his fans along with his opinion on it. S. P. B who is presently on an International Tour since August visiting  Toronto, Russia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai, said that Shri. Ilayaraja had never expressed any such ideas during the previous shows, and that he was ignorant of the Law. He has affirmed that his troupe shall not be performing any such songs while on the International Tour.

According to the Indian Copyright Laws, SP Balasubrahmanyam has equal performer’s rights on each of such songs performed by the duo. Balasubrahmanyam as the singer of all these songs has the performer’s rights to perform them. However, Ilayaraja here is entitled to the royalty for performing the song from the venue owner. In the present scenario the venue owner is performing such copyrighted song for commercial purposes; Ilayaraja has a share in this royalty.

The fans of both these musical geniuses might have to wait till this feud is over to enjoy some of their best works in concert performances.