SPB, who is currently on a world tour SPB50, to commemorate the legend’s 50th year in the film industry, talked about the legal notice via a Facebook post on Sunday. The tour started in August last year from Toronto, Canada.
The singer wrote: “Couple of days back, an attorney representing Ilayaraja, sent legal notices to me, Chithra, Charan, organisers of the concerts in different cities and the managements of all the venues.”
“According to the notice, we are not supposed to perform his compositions 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.”
SPB, while trying to be modest by calling upon his fans and friends not to post negative comments, declared that he would no longer sing Ilayaraja’s songs in his shows.
“Fortunately, I have sung for many other music directors. I will sing their songs,” he said.
As per copyright laws, anybody seeking to sing compositions of a music director needs to obtain permission from the concerned person. However, Ilayaraja and SPB have been close friends for over six decades. Even before they forayed into the film industry, they used to perform together at several marriages, birthday parties and private concerts. SPB has also sung in several of Ilayaraja’s compositions over the years.
SPB’s post was liked and shared by thousands. Many people asked the singer sort out differences with Ilayaraja. But the celebrated singer turned down the suggestions saying he would have done that had he received a mail or heard from the music director before the start of his tour.
“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 organisers to get hurt sentimentally and financially. Thank you,” he posted.
The only available option now, the singer said, is to avoid Ilayaraja’s songs. “I will abide by the law,” he declared.