Ilaiyaraaja issues legal notice to the makers of Manjummel Boys for unauthorised use of his song from Guna

The notice reportedly cautioned that civil and criminal proceedings would be initiated if they failed to obtain the necessary permission to use the song
Ilaiyaraaja issues legal notice to the makers of Manjummel Boys for unauthorised use of his song from Guna

Ilaiyaraaja has reportedly sent a legal notice to the makers of this year's Malayalam blockbuster Manjummel Boys over the alleged unauthorised usage of the song 'Kanmani Anbodu Kadhalan' from the film Guna (1991). 

The notice issued through the composer's counsel stated that the song was composed by him and he holds absolute rights over all of his original musical works. Although the creators of Manjummel Boys acknowledged this fact in the title cards, the notice added, "the same or any underlying gesture cannot replace our client’s permission/license/content for such usage."

Asserting that his rights were protected under the Copyrights Act 1957, Ilaiyaraaja further said that the exploitation of the work for commercial gain without his permission and payment of royalty was a violation of law. 

The notice has also cautioned the makers that civil and criminal proceedings would be initiated against them if they failed to obtain the necessary permission or license for using the song, or for removing the musical work from the movie and promotional activities. The composer has also demanded compensation for the unauthorised use of the song within 15 days.

The song 'Kanmani Anbodu Kadhalan' was featured in Manjummel Boys both at the beginning of the film and a critical moment near the climax, earning rave reactions and widespread appreciation.

Earlier, we had reported that Ilaiyaraaja had sent a copyright notice to the makers of Rajinikanth's upcoming film Coolie, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, for using his music in the promo video without his approval.

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