Amidst the long going controversial discussion over the music royalty scam, Karan Oberoi, who has been the core member of ‘A Band of the Boys, came on the front to give voice to his anger regarding the issue. The actor cum singer strongly feels that it is a much-needed revolution to power the future of music industry.
In his open letter to all the music companies, Karan points out towards the egotism prevailing within the roots of the Indians. “We as Indians are basically corrupt by nature! It’s possibly a part of our genetic coding and we have begun to believe that it’s perfectly ok to be self-serving, whatever be the cost to someone! And when that someone is a creator who is going to starve and be deprived of his legitimate earnings, while some “industry” or “music label” is going to laugh all the way to the bank, you know we have hit a moral degradation, that’s difficult to surpass !”
The debate initiated after Javed Akhtar became the member of Indian Performing Rights Society in 2010 and went on to file a complaint against the non-distribution of royalties by IPRS. Top honchos of the industry are suspected of being involved in the scam. The issue gain momentum after Enforcement Directorate summoned Aditya Chopra, the chairman of Yashraj Films, Shridhar Subramaniam, vice-president of Sony Music India and Devraj Sanyal, MD-CEO of Universal Music, recently.
Expressing concern towards innumerable musicians and singers who die in abject poverty as they are not paid their share, Karan further writes, “Forget about getting royalties, most of the time the vulnerability and naïveté of an artist are taken completely for granted. This happens to owe to the lack of awareness of what he deserves! We feed that misinformation!
There are so many geniuses that have died in abject poverty after creating cult classics. Such songs till date are adding shiny new fancy car models to the ever-expanding “car collection” of some head honchos! I have myself never got a penny as an artist from any society or publishing house, after doing three biggest hits of indie pop!”
“It’s such a sorry picture! The soul of a society perishes in the death of an artist! Not giving him his due, is akin to death!” he further adds.
Towards the end, Karan urges the music companies “to make money by all means but just give the deserver his legitimate hard earned money for God’s sake.”