The ongoing YouTube battle between PewDiePie and T-Series is now becoming a legal battle too, as diss track videos 'Congratulations' and 'Bitch Lasagna' have been blocked in India, after T-Series filed a take down order.
It was reported on April 10 that T-Series had filed a court order, ruling that PewDiePie must “remove and disable access” to the songs in question - those songs being the two diss tracks directed at T-Series.
The latest, 'Congratulations' was particularly brutal in its remarks about T-Series, even alleging illegal activity, and currently has over 70 million views, less than a week after being uploaded.
PewDiePie's T-Series diss tracks now blocked in India
Although many thought that there would be no legal precedent for such a move, PewDiePie's editor, Sive, posted on Twitter on April 11 that indeed the videos - both Congratulations and Bitch Lasagna -were unavailable in India and that comments had been disabled.
— Sive 1 (@sivemorten) April 11, 2019
The videos still appear to be available as normal in other countries, but now simply show up as 'This video is not available' when accessing them from India.
Why are T-Series trying to block PewDiePie's videos in India?
The battle for YouTube supremacy has been ongoing between Swedish video-maker Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg and T-Series since late 2018, as the two channels compete to have the highest subscriber count.
The Swede has held this position for the better part of eight years, and although T-Series has taken over him briefly, he still holds a commanding lead as both channels head for 100 million subs.
PewDiePie's 'Congratulations' song was actually congratulating T-Series for having overtaken him, but ironically, the video and song's immediate popularity sent Pewds back in front - by over 300,000 subs.
If the reports that these take downs are in fact the doing of T-Series' legal action, then it shows that they are taking the contest more seriously than some might have believed.
They have previously stated that beating PewDiePie would in some sense bring national pride to the country, and clearly don't take kindly to the comments he made about them in his diss tracks.