Legendary musician Ayub Bacchu, who was the founder and frontman of the band LRB, had registered the band and its logo in his name before his untimely demise. Any activity in the name of LRB is now a violation of Bangladesh copyright law and a punishable offense, according to the musician's family.
In a recent press release, Ayub Bacchu's daughter Fairuz Saffra Ayub and son Ahnaf Tazwar Ayub stated that he was working on copyrighting his compositions in his last days. After facing several obstacles, he was on the final stage of registering his creations. Unfortunately, his untimely demise halted the process.
"Our family is working towards fulfilling his unfinished dream. Despite many adversities, my brother and I have now decided to finish my father's unfinished work, and to make sure that no one finds an opportunity to abuse his creativity," shared Fairuz Saffra Ayub. According to her, Ayub Bachchu is also the sole copyright holder of 27 albums.
Apart from the registered songs, several other songs written and composed by AB has been under the process of registration. The family alleges that different individuals, without any permission from the family, are performing his songs commercially. According to Saffra and Tazwar, they are the legitimate proprietors of these songs, and using them without their permission is a violation of the copyright law.
"Our goal at the moment is to win the fight against all adversities in the legal ownership of my father's creations," adds Fairuz. "Therefore, from now on, everyone is requested to refrain from performing the copyright registered songs of Ayub Bachchu in the name of LRB, without our consent." She added that appropriate legal action will be taken against those in accordance with copyright law and the customary law of the country."
"We want to assure his fans that we will make sure that he lives through us all through his creations," said Fairuz. "We request the fans of Ayub Bachchu to give us some time to ensure the legal protection of his creations. We have lost our father, but you will never lose Ayub Bachchu. He will be yours forever."