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Ilayaraja Raises Copyright Issues, Sends Notice to SP Balasubrahmanyam

Updated: March 20, 2017, 10:44 AM IST
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Ilayaraja Raises Copyright Issues, Sends Notice to SP Balasubrahmanyam
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Popular music composer Ilaiyaraja has sent a legal notice to popular singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, and asked him to not perform songs that have been composed by him without his permission. Balasubrahmanyam who is accompanied by singer Chitra on world tour took to his Facebook account to share his thoughts on the issue.

In the post, Balasubrahmanyam said that he wasn’t aware of the legalities involved, but also mentioned that he’d obey the law. He wrote, , “Couple of days back, an Attorney representing Shri. Iliaya Raja, sent legal notices to me, Smt.Chithra, Charan, organisers of the concerts in different cities and the managements of all the venues, which says that we are not supposed to perform compositions of Shri.Iliayaraja without his permission, if so, it is breaking the copyright law and have to pay huge financial penalities and face legal action. Let me say, I am ignorant of these legalities.”

“My Son designed this world tour and we kick started this SPB50 concert tour in August in Toranto, then we performed in Russia, Srilanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and did lots of shows in India too. I did not get any feelers from Shri. Raja's office at that time. I dont know why now when we started our US tour,” he added.
He further mentioned, “As I said earlier, I am ignorant of the law. If it is a law, so be it and I obey it. In these circumstances, our troupe can not perform Isaijnani's compositions from to day. But the show should happen.By God's grace I have sung lots of other composer's songs too which we will present. Hope you all will bless our concerts as usual. I am always grateful for your love and affection. I only request you all not to have any harsh opinions and discussions regarding this. If this is the design of God, I obey it with reverence. Sarvejanah Sukhinobhavanthu.”

Balasubrahmanyam has crooned over 40,000 songs in several languages, including Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and Telugu. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2011.

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