This is not the first time that Ilaiyaraaja has talen the legal route to claming copyright on his songs. In 2014, the composer had in fact approached the Madras High Court, which ordered an injunction against five music companies from selling his compositions without his permission. Ilaiyaraaja had also warned radio stations and television channels against using his compositions without his permission. "Only I hold the rights on my songs. The agreements that I signed earlier will stand for only five years. Unless they have renewed the agreements, they stand void,” he said, according to The New Indian Express. He added that the royalty amount from his songs would be shared with the producer, singers, and lyricists of the film. The issue of copyright and royalties for composers and singers has been a longstanding one in the Tamil film industry. There are murmurs of discontent now against channels and show organisers using the compositions for profits without the permission of either the composers or the singers. But even before Ilaiyaraaja raised the issue, singer Yesudas had taken exception to royalties not being paid to composers and lyricists. “Why can't a television channel pay just 25 paise each to the composer and the lyricist of a song when they use it for their shows? There are composers and lyricists who badly need some financial support,” Yesudas told The Hindu back in 2011. "Rather than waiting for the government to bring in a law, I feel the television channels and others who use the songs should initiate a process to offer royalty,” he had said.