Who can have a right on a film song?Songs and the back score music play a vital role in the making of a movie and sometimes the movie becomes super hit because of the music itself. We have seen many such entertainers in Hindi and other languages. The writer of the song, the composer and the singer gets equal credit but in many cases the music director only would stand first to get the credit. We have such great musicians in the recent times like A R Rahman and Ilayaraja from the South.
The recent row between Ilayaraja and the veteran playback singer S P Bala Subramanyam regarding the stage shows being conducted by the later in USA has given room for a fresh thought regarding the rights on a song. Ilayaraja served a legal notice to SPB for staging the songs composed by him without his consent and earning money. Generally, all stage shows go with various musical hits and this notice raises eyebrow from the filmy corner. If the version is correct, then the consent of the actual singer and the writer, the movie Director and Producer should be necessary.
Who can have a right on a film song? What is your take on this?