No National Anthem on Mobile Phones in Bangladesh

The Supreme Court of the nation of Bangladesh has banned the use of that country’s national anthem as a ringtone for cellphones.

According to a Reuters report, the Supreme Court’s May decision upholds a 2010 ruling by a lower court that bans the use of the Bangladesh national anthem for commercial purposes. Such commercial purposes include cellphone ringtones purchased by consumers.

Bangladesh reportedly has approximately 124 million cellphone users, making the country one of the fastest growing telecom markets in the area and a lucrative market for cellphone add-on products.

Bangladesh’s national anthem, Amar Shonar Bangla (or My Golden Bengal) is based on a 1905 song penned by Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. The song was adopted as the national anthem of Bangladesh in 1972.

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