- YouTube star PewDiePie and Indian record label T-Series duked it out for months earlier this year to become the most-subscribed YouTube channel. T-Series won and has more than 100 million subscribers.
- But behind the scenes, the pair were fighting a legal battle in Delhi's High Court over "diss tracks" released by PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, which mocked T-Series.
- The two diss tracks have been blocked in India since a court order in April. A judge described them as "abusive, vulgar, and racist."
- A July filing seen by Business Insider shows the two have now agreed to settle the case, although both videos remain blocked in India.
- T-Series president Neeraj Kalyan said he has no hard feelings towards PewDiePie. "He's great. We wish him all the best," he said.
- Read Business Insider's full interview with T-Series president Neeraj Kalyan on BI Prime.
That edgy humour spilt over into the fight with T-Series, with Kjellberg releasing two "diss" videos mocking the Indian firm as the two channels fought it out for the top spot. The first, published on YouTube last October and called "Bitch Lasagna," referenced online tropes about Indian users, including the way they misspell words in English. It also appeared to mock Hindi as "mumble rap," among other insults.
T-Series successfully had both videos blocked in India eight days later, after obtaining an injunction from Delhi's High Court. The judge found both videos to be "abusive, vulgar and also racist in nature," according to an 8 April filing. Both videos were taken down from YouTube in India.
But according to a subsequent July filing seen by Business Insider, the pair have come to a settlement over the videos. The 15 July filing states the two have settled, but haven't signed an agreement. T-Series did not respond to a request for further detail.At the time of writing, both of PewDiePie's videos, "Congratulations" and "Bitch Lasagna", remain blocked in India.
T-Series' Kalyan told Business Insider that he has no hard feelings towards PewDiePie. "He's great. We wish him all the best - the kinds of things he does, we're not into that. It's a different audience altogether," he said.