‘Mu­si­cians are in a bet­ter place now’

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There are still some loop­holes with re­gards to roy­al­ties but things are get­ting bet­ter now Shankar Ma­hade­van, singer

Who gets roy­al­ties for a song is still an un­clear mat­ter de­spite mu­si­cians and singers fight­ing over it for long. How­ever, things are chang­ing for the bet­ter, says singer-com­poser han­kar

Ma­hade­van (left). “There are still loop­holes with re­gards to roy­al­ties but things are get­ting bet­ter. Un­like ear­lier, when the only way for a mu­si­cian to earn

money was to do live shows, re­cent amend­ments in copy­right laws have im­proved. Mov­ing over to dig­i­tal plat­forms has also helped us in a big way,” he says, fur­ther ex­plain­ing: “For ex­am­ple, did you know, that if you copy a tune with­out giv­ing its proper cred­its and make a song out of it, there’s a soft­ware that mutes that il­le­gally copied tune on dig­i­tal plat­forms. It is a won­der­ful plat­form for all mu­si­cians and things will only get bet­ter be­cause of that. There are umpteen num­ber of mu­sic-shar­ing web­sites where you can up­load your mu­sic and get heard. And from the lis­tener’s per­spec­tive, th­ese plat­forms pro­vide you mu­sic from all over the world for a nom­i­nal sub­scrip­tion fee. That sub­scrip­tion is then fil­tered and given to the mu­si­cians. Things are cer­tainly look­ing very bright for mu­si­cians.”

Mean­while, Shankar, who per­formed with un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in the Cap­i­tal yes­ter­day, as part of his Shankar Ma­hade­van Academy, be­lieves that mu­sic can­not be taught to kids in­side a class­room. “I don’t think you can teach kids mu­sic just as you teach them math.

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