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AR Rahman joins the fight against music companies for royalty!

Just a few days back, we saw Abhay Deol sporting a black-eye protesting against T-series. After that, we saw quite a few other celebs who spoke about the music royalty tiff. Most of them supported the singers by saying that the music companies should pay a small amount in the form of royalty to the artists. Now, AR Rahman too is supporting the musicians. At a recent event for Highway, Rahman said, “I’d say that it’s a good thing that a law protecting musicians’ rights has been passed- we needed a law in favour of musicians and artists. Of course, it will be difficult for the whole system to change drastically but I think people will eventually find common ground.”

The music composer added, “Personally, it pains me to see someone who has composed great songs get so little in return for his/ her work. Often these talented people don’t even have enough money to change the curtains, or to get petrol for their car — this is unacceptable. Even if a person has composed just one song, he / she should be entitled to a royalty amount for it. It needn’t be a big sum, but it should let musicians live with some dignity.”

Having said that, Rahman was asked if he signed away his royalty when he composed the music for Highway, which is being backed by T-series. To this, AR Rahman said, “I don’t want to go into all that.”

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