In an impressive development, government to introduce a bill to give ‘royalties and residuals’ to the artist community

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The PTI Senator, Faisal Javed Khan, has announced that the government is planning to introduce a comprehensive bill to ensure that artists are given royalties for their work. 

In an official tweet, the Senator shared the news, saying, “Most countries around the world give royalties to artists every time a show, their work is re-run, a second time or more. Sadly, in Pakistan, where many artists are already underpaid, no policy or law is ensuring them financial credit for their work.

The Senator further said that it is “critical to fill the gaps and bring proper framework through amendments in legislation to ensure that our producers and artists get their rights to royalties.”

Speaking to The Current, Faisal said, “Royalty is very important, and I am working on this bill to ensure our artists get their due right. I am hoping to get it passed soon without any further delays.” 

He added, “All artists including actors, musicians, singers must be supported, and they will soon be entitled to royalties.”

In response to the Senator’s announcement, many artists, including Ali Zafar, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Ali Safina, and Sakina Samo, appreciated the initiative and hoped that it would resolve artists’ concerns.

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