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Ilayaraja fires another copyright shot, asks karaoke app Smule not to play his songs


The veteran composer had previously asked singer SP Balasubrahmanyam and Chithra to refrain from performing his songs at concerts.

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Composer Ilayaraja stands the risk of alienating some of his fans. The veteran composer has again raked up the issue of copyright by asking Smule, an American karaoke app, to take down his songs from their database. He has accused the owners of the app of copyright infringement for not seeking his permission before uploading the tunes.

The composer had previously hit the headlines for sending notices to singers SP Balasubrahmanyam and KS Chithra, asking them to refrain from singing his compositions at concerts.

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Smule allows users to create karaoke videos of themselves singing popular compositions. Although the app is available for free, it charges users a price of Rs110-1,100 for a year, to access specific songs and compositions from their database.

In a quote to the website, The News Minute, Ilayaraja's copyright consultant, E Pradeep Kumar said, "There is a performance rights which goes to the composer. All the rights rest with the composer. They have not taken any permission or told us anything about usage, so we have asked them to remove it."

The consultant also emphasized that the attempt is not to prevent singers from singing the composition, but to prevent people from using Ilayaraaja's compositions commercially. "We are not here to stop somebody, we are against people who are using the songs commercially without permission," he said.

In 2015, the maestro had filed for an injunction at the Madras high court to prevent radio stations and television channels from airing and broadcasting his compositions without permission.

Smule has neither issued a statement nor taken any action on Ilayaraja's demand.