Kumar Sanu Recalls How Music Companies Used To Profit From The Singers And Their Songs Without Giving Them Anything- Read To Know MORE

Kumar Sanu candidly talks about why singers made an association to get royalties as music companies started using the songs of the artists for-profit purposes

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Kumar Sanu Recalls How Music Companies Used To Profit From The Singers And Their Songs Without Giving Them Anything- Read To Know MORE
Back in 2012, the Indian Singers’ Rights Association (ISRA) championed the cause of singers and successfully lobbied for an amendment to the Copyright Act, 1957, leading to the introduction of a new legislation known as the 'Performer’s Right,' effective from June 21, 2012. Kumar Sanu, a prominent singer, played a crucial role in this association. He has recently delved into the backstory of how the Singers’ Association came into existence. ALSO READ: India's Best Dancer 3: Kumar Sanu's Stunning Performance with Contestant Hansvi Tonk Sparks Movie Offers?-Here’s What We Know

The veteran artist who is currently the judge of Indian Idol 14 mentioned that things were smooth until music companies began treating singers' songs as a profit-making business. He explained to Bollywood Bubble, "In the past, there was a simple system where you'd come, get paid as per your rate, and sing a song. Singers accepted this and sang songs." ALSO READ: Indian Idol 14: Shreya Ghoshal Stumps Kumar Sanu And Vishal Dadlani With THIS Quirky Question - WATCH

The 66-year-old further adds, "However, later, these music companies began commercializing those songs. They sold cassettes and CDs, making substantial profits. Singers didn't initially protest. But then, they took it further by demanding payment from radio stations for playing their songs."


Under the Copyright Act of 1957, singers have the legal right to demand royalties from various sources, including radio stations, digital platforms, television channels, and any sector that utilizes their songs for commercial purposes. Kumar Sanu concluded by asking a valid question if music directors, lyricists and music companies are benefitting from it, why not the singers? Even they deserve a fair share of the profit and hence the royalties association for singers was formed.
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