Chennai : Ilaiyaraja sends legal notice to SPB, Ilaiyaraaja’s notice apparently said that SPB and other singers cannot use his songs onstage without his permission.
The news of Ilaiyaraja’s legal notice against SPB has created shocking waves in around the industry. The singer has took social media to inform his fans that he can no longer perform songs composed by music director Ilaiyaraaja since he receive a legal notice from the composer a few days back.
SPB is currently on his SPB 50 tour which started in last August in Toronto. He has performed several shows in Sri Lanka, Russia, Singapore, Dubai and inside of India as well. Other popular singers Chitra and Charan are being accompanied with him.
SPB, whose association with Maestro composer Illaiyaraja spans over five decades, received a legal notice saying that they were not allowed to perform the music director’s compositions without his permission.
It seems that Chitra and Charan also received a notice as well.
In his social media note, SPB has expressed very politely that “I did not get any feelers from Shri. Raja’s office at that time (when the concert began). I don’t know why now when we started our US tour. I am ignorant of the law. If it is a law, so be it and I obey it.”
The legal notice of Raja reportedly stated that performing the music director’s songs without his permission is violating copyright laws and the singer will have to pay huge financial penalties and face legal action. SPB has sung in plenty of movies composed by Ilaiyaraaja, and most of the songs have gained the evergreen success and memories in the surface of the Tamil music lovers.
“In these circumstances, our troupe cannot perform Isaijanani’s compositions from today,” said SPB. “But the show should happen. By God’s grace I have sung lots of other composer’s songs which we will present. Hope you all bless our concerts as usual,” he said.
He further added that he will be responding legally to the notice. “Dear friends, I could have certainly talked to him, had he talked or sent a mail to me prior to our tour. But when I get a legal notice, either I have to respond legally, which I never want to, or, accept the law. I too have self respect. Please let us stop the futile discussion and move ahead. My intention of this information is to prepare the audience. I do not want my good friend Shri Raja inconvenienced. I do not want my sponsors and concert organizers to get hurt sentimentally and financially. Thank you,” he wrote.
This is not the first time that Ilaiyaraaja has talen the legal route to claiming copyright on his songs. In 2014, the composer had in fact approached the Madras High Court, which ordered an injunction against five music companies from selling his compositions without his permission. Ilaiyaraaja had also warned radio stations and television channels against using his compositions without his permission.
“Only I hold the rights on my songs. The agreements that I signed earlier will stand for only five years. Unless they have renewed the agreements, they stand void,” he said, according to The New Indian Express. He also added that the royalty amount from his songs would be shared with the producer, singers, and lyricists of the film.