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Pakistan Music Company Sues Indian Channel For Illegally Using Its Songs

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Music composers from across the globe seek inspiration from each other and Indian and Pakistani artists are no exception.  Pakistani netizens have often criticized Indians of copyright theft, while Indians accused Pakistan of blindly aping Bollywood.

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According to reports in Express Tribune, an Indian YouTube channel had been posting songs by Pakistani artists on their YouTube channel without obtaining any legal rights from the original composers.

The report states that music by artists like Bayaan, Kashmir – The Band, 21 The Band, Naseer Afridi, and many others were featured on the YouTube channels ‘The Last Cigarette’ which has nearly  375, 000 subscribers.

After getting to know about out about the illegal YouTube channel, a Pakistani record label Rearts, that represents Bayaan, Kashmir, 21 The Band, Naseer Afridi, and Khamaaj sent out a legal notice, blaming the YouTube channel of copyright violation.

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Rearts shared the news on Twitter. “In the past few days, we were brought to the attention of a YouTube channel by the title of  ‘Last Cigarette’. This channel had roughly 375k subscribers with millions of views on nearly all of its posted videos,” the tweet read. “The music on this channel featured the content of five artists from our label which had not been obtained from the artists with prior consent.”

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The statement further added that the YouTube channel had also enabled monetization, which means that a significant amount of revenue had been generated from these videos alongside the fact that the views received were greater than the ones on the original video.

“We came to know about the violation of copyright through an algorithm we use to keep tabs if any of our music is being published illegally,” Butt shared. “We found out that material from five of our artists was being used without permission. The fact that the person would pick all the hard work of our artistes, without giving due credit was unjust. We reached out to him for obtaining the license, but he wouldn’t agree to it. So we  sent him a copyright strike – but sadly, to no avail.”

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“We did so to ensure that we could get in touch with the owner of the channel so we could meditate and figure out due compensation,” Butt further elaborated. “The channel agreed that they had not obtained the content with the permission of the artists or the label and also had monetization enabled on their account, yet they claimed that they were only doing this to ‘promote art’ and had no ulterior motives whatsoever.”

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Butt went on to add that once the label decided to send out a notice, there was a severe backlash. “The Last Cigarette has a very loyal fan following. Once they put up an apology, owning to the violation, the fans started freaking out,” he added. “Fans thought it was the bands who sent a legal notice to the channel so they then started bombarding them with hate.”

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Ahmad Butt, the managing director of the label told the Pakistan media house that the label reached out to  ‘The Last Cigarette’ to acquire the business legally and become a partner in India. Rearts has sent the final copyright violation strike recently.

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Pakistan Invites ‘UN Military Observer Group’ To LOC To Verify Indian Aggression

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has prompted the United Nations in preventing any military escalation between India and Pakistan and reemphasised Pakistan’s offer to the UN Military Observer Group to visit the Line of Control.

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As part of Pakistan’s steadfast attempts, Qureshi has written another comprehensive communication to the UN Security Council President and the UN Secretary-General, notifying them of the latest situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

As per reports, Qureshi comprehensively briefed the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir. In his letter, he wrote about towards newly-notified “Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Order 2020” and “Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate Rules 2020” which Islamabad believes will change the demography of the volatile region.

Qureshi also underlined Modi governments exploitation of the ongoing pandemic to reinforce its military crackdown in the region and rejected Indian attempts to weaken Kashmiris’ indigenous fight against so-called Indian occupation and their brutalization by terming it as “terrorism.”

Qureshi also highlighted sustained Indian ceasefire violations at the Line of Control and the Working Boundary and intentional targeting of innocent civilians. Rejecting the groundless Indian allegations of terror “launch pads”, Qureshi reemphasised Pakistan’s offer to the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to visit the sites to confirm the truthfulness of Indian claims.

He emphasised that the real Indian reason behind blaming Pakistan is to create a pretext for a “false flag” operation, about which Islamabad has been cautioning the global community.

The Pakistan Foreign Minister also demanded that India be urged to abstain from committing crimes against Kashmiri civilians which include extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions and confinements, use of pellet guns and live ammunition, burning and looting of the houses of people to inflict “collective punishment.”

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Pakistan Still Fearing Indian Cross-Border Strikes; Warns Of Any ‘Foolish Act’

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Further to Pakistan’s apprehensions of ‘False Flag Operations’, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has now stated that New Delhi must not resort to any foolish act (on India-Pakistan border), emphasising that Islamabad would be ready to give a befitting reply.

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In a statement issued on Friday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said another spying attempt of India was thwarted by Pakistan when a drone was shot down. “Indian drone was violating borders. Indian spy drone came within 700 metres of our territory,” he said.

“India is invariably losing and its surgical strike drama has failed,” Qureshi said. “India is looking for justifications for a false flag operation. My message to India is that no one should be foolish. If India does anything stupid, we are ready.”

Earlier, as EurAsian Times reported, Pakistan Army allegedly shot down an Indian drone that trespassed into the country’s airspace along the Line of Control (LoC), Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) tweeted

“#PakistanArmy troops shot down an Indian spying #quadcopter came from Kanzalwan Sector, intruded 700 Meters on Pakistan side of #LOC in Nekrun Sector,” the tweet read.

This is allegedly the second Indian spy drone in a week that the Pakistan forces have intercepted and shot down near the border. On Wednesday, the Indian drone was tracked and shot down in the Rakhchikri Sector after it encroached 650 metres into the Pakistani territory, according to the ISPR.

“Such unwarranted acts by the Indian Army are a clear violation of established norms and existing air agreements between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. It also reflects the Indian Army’s steadfast apathy towards the ceasefire pact of 2003,” the ISPR said.

Earlier, as EurAsian Times reported, a potential conflict between India and Pakistan was averted by Jammu and Kashmir police when they intercepted a car laden with explosives in Pulwama, South Kashmir on Wednesday.

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Experts talking to the EurAsian Times apprehended that had the terrorist somehow managed to denote the vehicle as they did in Pulwama last year which killed over 40 Indian CRFP soldiers,  India would have certainly hit back at Pakistan despite tensions in Ladakh with China.

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Top Terror Commander Syed Salahuddin ‘Not Injured’ In Pakistan Attacks – Pak Journalist

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Reports in Indian media say that Syed Salahuddin, who also heads the United Jihad Council, was “seriously injured in the attack and is undergoing treatment”.

Reports said that since Syed Salahuddin was unable to carry out Pakistan’s mission of creating unrest in Jammu and Kashmir off-late, terror outfit chief allegedly faced the fury of his masters when he was attacked by unknown attackers in Islamabad.

India media report claim that Syed Salahuddin was “seriously injured in the attack and is undergoing treatment”, a claim rejected by Pakistani journalist – Hamid Mir.

Media reports also claimed that since Salahuddin was clueless about the Indian government’s move to abrogate Article 370, the ISI had deliberately started revoking its support to the Hizbul Mujahideen.

Syed Salahuddin

74 years old, Syed Salahuddin, who heads Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, a pro-Pakistan Kashmiri separatist militant organisation that aims to join Kashmir to Pakistan is not only one of India’s most-wanted list that includes names like Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon but is also a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of State.

Born and raised in Budgam district of the Kashmir valley which is known to house the highest amount of Shia Muslims in the UT, Salahuddin had initially joined the Jammu and Kashmir Police Force and had even promoted to the rank of Sub Inspector before being highly influenced by Jamaat-e-Islami, an organisation that has now been banned for 5 years under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

It is reported that while completing his Masters in Political Science from the University of Kashmir, the young Salahuddin got radicalised accepting and endorsing Sharia Law which are religious laws derived from the precepts of Islam.

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Before taking up the violent means of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Salahuddin first contested in the democratically held assembly elections of 1987 in J&K but had no luck and was rather arrested and kept behind bars for his violent agitations.

Two years later, Salahuddin joined the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and hence began his recognised militancy tenure which continues till day where he serves the head of not just this banned terrorist organisation but also the head of United Jihad Council, which is an organisation reportedly developed by the Pakistan Army for unified command and control over the anti-Indian militant groups that operates in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan Army’s continued efforts to size Kashmir had been accepted by Salahuddin in 2012 “We are fighting Pakistan’s war in Kashmir and if it withdraws its support, the war would be fought inside Pakistan,” said Salahuddin in the interview in June 2012.

While Pakistan rejected his comments, Islamabad did not take any action against Salahuddin since the United Nations Security Council hadn’t classified him as a terrorist.

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In the name of Radical Jihad, Salahuddin has incited many violent protests and agitations in the valley by his recruits that have been a cause of major turmoil in the valley.

The attack on Pathankot Air Base in 2016 that lasted about 17 hours resulted in the death of five attackers and six security personnel, was undertaken under Salahuddin’s leadership by the UJC.

Under Salahuddin’s leadership, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has seen the commandership of many militants like Burhan Wani, Sabzar Bhat, Zakir Musa and the latest one to be taken down by the armed forces, Riyaz Naikoo. It was reported that after Naikoo’s encounter, Syed Salahuddin had said that the sacrifice would help them achieve the mission that they had set out to achieve.

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