"This sounds familiar, isn't it mine?" - Theft of thoughts
It's the story of that time when I excitedly joined the university and going to study without wearing those white or blue uniforms was the new cool for me and for many others who became my friends later on. On one fine day we came to know that we have to take a subject of music too. This was when we met this man called 'Ustad Mehfooz Khokhar', our music teacher, quite old and affectionate with a passion of classical music. Ustad mehfooz was a very simple man and he took his harmonium very seriously. On the other hand, we never took the music class seriously. It was just like a relaxation among other classes so we used to enjoy the 'raags' he used to teach us while the back benchers usually wrote their other assignments and projects in the music class.
Khair let's come towards the real purpose of telling about Ustad Sahab! Once when we got free from our music lesson but the class was not over yet, we requested sir to sing something for us. Sir said "okay this song is really beloved to me and I composed it myself but once I was in the market and when i was coming out of a shop, I heard a song. It was this song, my song, but it wasn't in my voice and for a moment, I froze. The song was very familiar but the voice was not mine, it was Ataullah Esakhelvi's voice".
With that sir started playing his harmonium as he sang "ay koka pindyo aya' and we were amused. I had never liked classical music before that but listening to it live was a different experience.
While sir was telling us this,I could see how hollow was his voice like a fizzled out balloon. This was the first time when I took content theft and copywriting seriously. It was so thought provoking for me that a person has spent most of his time creating a tune or raags as sir used to say and wrote the lyrics, and it's been taken by somebody else without any permission. How unfair is that even the word unfair doesn't do justice to this kind of theft... The theft of thoughts... I would say!
I don't know whether sir took any action against this or not because I was too young at that time to know about such details and systematic procedure and I also think is it also difficult to get justice in the cases of copywriting or ones request gets suppressed? Probably he is not as popular artist as the other is? I know the power dynamics are there in every field *Sighs*
Fast forward to yesterday when I was already thinking of writing this blog about content theft, I got a WhatsApp message from one of my classmates of bachelors. 'Tum blogs likhti ho na? Meri sister ki thori help chahiye thi", she said. While I thought her sister is a budding blogger and need some assistance on instagramming or bringing traffic to her blog, she attached a document which looked like a syllabus or exam paper. I read the heading blog writing, its definition and then few topics on which she had to write a blog.
She asked me if I have written a blog on any of these topics? I replied yes I have but ask your sister to write herself because blog is about writing one's own thoughts and experiences. It's like a digital diary. I also gave her some ideas about a topic that she can tell this or this but she still asked me to send her a sample of any other blogger's work on this topic. This made me so angry and as I was already working on the topic of content theft and all, it was in my mind so I didn't reply after that.
Why would I send any blogger's work to somebody for their assignments or projects or whatever reason. What if the other person just copy paste it and write her name and submits it? There can be any possibility but why would i take the risk? Wouldn't it be unfair to the one who has spent a lot of time in thinking and writing it.
I'm pretty conscious of it now after I started blogging myself. You know a blogger/influencer who creates original content, puts her/his blood and sweat to the work. I want to give you my example. As I am more active at Instagram, I spent a lot of time in taking a good picture to go along my caption. You know Instagram is a visual platform and I take a lot of pictures and then I select one considering camera angle, colors, lighting etc. To cut short, guys it's NOT easy to take aesthetically pleasing photos.
Let me attach the screenshot of my camera roll . You will see the pictures that I took for the recent post I did. It's the picture of a deodorant as I wrote about personal hygiene in summers
And now look at the final picture that I posted after editing.
Haaah! I have pretty much said everything I wanted to say. I have let it out. Please be ethical and create yourself instead of stealing somebody else's thoughts because then you are a thief of thoughts and a thief is thief whether for it somebody enters your house without permission or whether he enters your artistic space to steal without permission.
(P.S (both versions of the songs are available at YouTube but I like the one by üstad mehfooz khokhar but I respect both)
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