PTI Senator Faisal Javed’s Royalties Bill Can be a Lifeline for Pakistani Artists

Artists have been facing the issue of rightful and just royalties for a long time.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Senator Faisal Javed announced yesterday that he has put forward a royalties bill to help the country’s artists. The politician broke the news on Twitter, much to the delight of the Pakistan entertainment fraternity.

For years, Bollywood has ripped off Pakistani artists’ content without consequences. From Karan Johar casually using Abrar-ul-Haq’s song Nach Punjabaan for his latest film, to Indian musician making a cheap copy of Hadiqa Kiani’s Boohey Barian, Pakistan’s entertainment industry has been vocal about not getting any royalties for their work.

Artists have approached various political leaders to end this practice but to no avail. That is until now. PTI Senator Faisal Javed gave hope to everyone after announcing that he has put forward a royalties bill for the country’s artists.

Faisal Javed

He tweeted,

After getting the resolution passed unanimously last year. Glad to announce that today it was indeed a pleasure tabling the much needed royalties bill especially for the poor creative people of our country. #RoyaltiesForArtists Hoping to get it passed soon Insha’ALLAH.

Faisal Javed further added, “Artists have been facing the issue of rightful and just royalties for a long time due to redundant and outdated provisions of relevant laws. The amendment in copyright ordinance 1962 aims at empowering the copyright board to fix the royalties for licensing and assignment of work”.

Artists like Omair Rana and Mikaal Zulfiqar have applauded the initiative on social media. Actor Omair Rana wrote that “this single honorable fight can bring honor to all artists of Pakistan and singlehandedly launch, not just the culture-driven industry but also start-ups and innovators and enterprises of all kinds”.

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