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Pakistani musician explains why we can’t use the copyright law

April 17 , 2019

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Pakistani Musician Ali Aftab Saeed says that copyright laws are not practised in Pakistan.

“Pakistan cannot accuse India of copyright infringement since there are numerous songs that Pakistanis have copied from India too,” said Saeed on SAMAA TV’s morning show Naya Din on Wednesday. He was commenting on the incident of an Indian politician copying Pakistan’s ISPR song.

“This is not the first time that a Pakistani national song has been copied. In the past, Pakistani national song Dil Dil Pakistan and Pakistan Peoples Party’s anthem Teer Bija was also copied by India,” said Saeed.

He remarked that there are only two ways the copyright law can work in Pakistan. “If the song hasn’t been released and you get to know that song has been copied, one way to claim the copyright is to go to court and halt the release of the movie,” explained Saeed.

Related: Indian politician copies ISPR song dedicates it to the Indian army

“However, after the release of the song, one can claim copyright by monetisation,” the musician added. Through monetisation, one can get the song removed from all digital platforms or claim the earnings of the song.

A consent form, however, must be signed between the two parties before copying any song.

On April 12, Thakur Raja Singh Lodh, a leader of India’s Bharata Janata Party took to Twitter to announce a new song, which he dedicated to the Indian armed forces. He even posted a preview of his song. But the song was a clear copy of an ISPR song released this past March 23 for Pakistan Day. The song was written by Sahir Ali Bagga.

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