January 26, 2020 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
PTC Punjabi, a TV channel said to be owned by Badals, has claimed that it has “Worldwide rights” over the broadcast of audio of Daily Hukumnama from Darbar Sahib, Amritsar.
PTC Punjabi sent notices to some media outlets, including the Sikh Siyasat, through Facebook and got blocked Daily Hukumnama visual posted by these media outlets on Facebook.
The matter came to notice of the Sikh Siyasat on Friday morning when our team noticed a “Block Content” notification from Facebook. This notice was triggered on Facebook by PTC Punjabi, which claimed that it had Worldwide rights over the audio of Darbar Sahib Hukumnama.
It is notable that the Sikh Siyasat was sharing audio-visual of the Darbar Sahib Hukumnama on daily basis for past few weeks. The source of audio and text of Hukumnama Sahib was the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC)’s website where both audio and text is put in public domain by the SGPC on daily basis.
PTC’s claim of exclusive rights over the audio is not justifiable in any manner. In fact no organisation, institution or individual can claim such rights over the Hukumnama Shaib which could restrict others from broadcasting it for the Sikh Sangat.
Thus, the Sikh Siyasat decided to counter PTC Punjabi’s wrongful notice. Sikh Siyasat has responded to PTC Punjabi’s claim by filing proper response to the Facebook Block Content notice. The Sikh Siyasat has clearly explained in its reply that (1) source of audio of Hukumnama Sahib is SGPC website, where it is put in public domain by the SGPC, (2) PTC has rights over the audio. Sikh Siyasat has asked Facebook to unblock the content. Facebook has updated that response deadline pertaining to our submission is January 16.
Sikh Siyasat has also talked to the representatives of various Sikh organisations, Sikh intellectuals, social, religious and political figures to know their viewpoint on this issue.
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