Music Director Ilaiyaraja has sent a legal notice to famous singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, asking the singer to not perform any song composed by him without his approval.
Balasubrahmanyam posted on his Facebook page confirming that he had received the legal notice “Couple of days back, an Attorney representing Shri.Iliayaraaja, 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.Iliayaraaja without his permission, if so, it is breaking the copyright law and have to pay huge financial penalties and face legal action. Let me say, I am ignorant of these legalities."
He further stated that his son Charan designed the world tour which kickstarted at SPB50 concert tour in August in Toronto after which they performed in Russia, Lankan, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and numerous shows in India as well.
"I did not get any feelers from Shri. Raaja's office at that time. I don't know why now when we started our US tour. As I said earlier, I am ignorant of the law. If it is a law, so be it and I obey it," he said.
"In these circumstances, our troupe can not perform Isaijnani's (musical genius) compositions from today. But the show should happen. By God's grace, I have sung lots of other composers songs too which we will present,'' said SPB, trying hard to hide his disappointment and wanting to move on. In a subsequent comment, he showed his gentlemanly side, which really defines his personality by writing, "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.'' he wrote
Fans who were looking at this tussle are of opinion that “Nobody’s against copyright but Ilayaraja should have shown some gratitude towards SPB & shouldn't have sent notice to him. It is absurd. Illayaraja himself lifted so many MSV songs and never paid any copyright, where does this come from. He is getting confused and greedy. He should have picked up the phone and talked SPB rather than sending legal notices.