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Pashupati Aarati Video Copyright: Budha Subba Digital’s Notice Sparks Debate

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Budha Subba Digital claims rights to Pashupati Aarati videos, sparking controversy.
  • It threatens action under the Digital Copyright Act for unauthorized video use by the public.
  • Reportedly, Budha Subba Digital acquired rights for Rs. 1,60,000 per month.

Recently, a notice from Budha Subba Digital circulated, suggesting the imposition of digital copyright on videos capturing the Aarati and lamp lighting ritual at Pashupati.

This move stirred controversy, drawing the Pashupati Area Development Fund into a heated dispute.

Pashupati Aarati Video Copyright: Budha Subba Digital's Notice Sparks Debate
Pashupati Aarati Video Copyright: Budha Subba Digital’s Notice Sparks Debate

The statement from Budha Subba Digital Pvt. Ltd. reads,

“It is strictly prohibited to shoot the video of the Ganga Aarati and the lamp lighting in the core area on the banks of the Bagmati River in the Pashupatinath Aryaghat area. If it is known that the video content recorded here is placed on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube for commercial purposes, we inform you that action will be taken under the Digital Copyright Act.

Budha Subba Digital's notice on Pashupati Aarati video copyright
Budha Subba Digital’s notice on Pashupati Aarati video copyright

Interestingly, the fund has denied any involvement in the notice regarding the digital copyright of these events.

The fund has accused Budha Subba Digital of disseminating this information without prior authorization.

The fund issued a statement highlighting that both the fund’s logo and name were utilized without the consent of Budha Subba Digital.

Budha Subba Digital's notice on Pashupati Aarati video copyright
Budha Subba Digital’s notice on Pashupati Aarati video copyright

The fund, which claimed that it did not agree to the said notice, has accepted that it has given the digital rights of Pashupati Aarati and lamp lighting to Budha Subba through a tender in which Budha Subba will pay one lakh and sixty thousand rupees per month.

Budha Subba Digital Pvt. Ltd. has said that it issued a notice because it got the right to shoot the video after completing the process through the tender.

Source: Techpana, BBC News Nepali

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