In a recent media interaction, Salim Merchant of music composer duo Salim-Sulaiman confirmed the report that Yash Raj Films has not been paying royalties due to them for a long while now.
These were his exact words,
“Yash Raj has been collecting money on behalf of the composer and lyricist – that much I know – but I don’t know whether they have paid anyone. They have certainly not paid me and Sulaiman.”
He further added,
“It’s Yash Raj and T-Series, these two companies have not been paying.”
The Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) chaired by Javed Akhar, recently filed an FIR against Yash Raj Films (YRF) for allegedly collecting unauthorised music royalties to the tune of INR 100 crores that belongs to their members.
For those who are uninitiated, as told by Mumbai Mirror,
“IPRS is a representative body of owners of music including composers, music directors, lyricists and publishers of music (film producers and/or music companies/labels) and is also the sole authorised body to issue licences permitting usage of registered music within India. It collects royalties on behalf of its members for commercial use of music at radio stations, television channels, streaming sites and public performances.”
The Quint questioned lyricist Sameer Anjaan about the same & he confirmed the report stating,
“Javed sir (Javed Akhtar, chairman of IPRS) called so many times, and they have not agreed to pay royalty so finally, IPRS had to take this stand. This is not an artist, author or composer fight, this is what the copyright act is. The composer or writer are not asking for money from their pocket. We are asking for money from worldwide rights, the money that they are collecting on our behalf.”
Sameer Anjaan added,
“They (YRF Music) are not paying the royalty for so many years since the Copyright Act was passed in 2012. From that day till today, they haven’t paid a single rupee to artists and composers.”