Pakistan’s federal cabinet has given the green light to the country’s first-ever music policy. This historic decision was made during a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and marks a significant shift in the nation’s music sector, which had remained stagnant at legal, administrative, and policy levels since 1970.
The Information Minister, Marriyum Aurangzeb, played a pivotal role in the creation of this comprehensive draft, which is designed to breathe new life into the music, film, and drama industries. The innovative music policy is set to address long-standing issues such as piracy and copyright disputes that have been a constant thorn in the side of the music industry.
The newly approved policy aims to bring together public performance, production, distribution, duration, mechanical, and communication rights under a solid legal umbrella. In doing so, it hopes to resolve problems related to licensing and user conflicts, thereby laying the groundwork for a thriving music industry.
Furthermore, the policy pledges to protect the basic legal rights of music professionals and put an end to monopolistic practices. It offers a comprehensive solution to the concerns voiced by various stakeholders in the music sector, including those pertaining to copyright issues. This landmark policy is a promising step towards a more robust and flourishing music industry in Pakistan.