Madras HC says no to monetising Ilaiyaraja's songs without his permission

The Madras High Court Tuesday prohibited monetising songs of renowned music composer Ilaiyaraja through TV reality shows, concerts and online radio channels, among others, without his prior permission. Justice Anita Sumanth passed the order on a civil suit filed by Ilaiyaraja, alleging copyright infringement by Agi Music, Echo Recording, Giri Trading Company and a few others.

The court had earlier passed an interim order in favour of the music composer and confirmed it on Tuesday. Justice Sumanth made it clear that the songs composed by the musician cannot be exploited or monetised in any manner without his prior permission. However, films comprising songs composed by Ilaiyaraja released and screened in theatres are exempted from the order.