CANE FOUNDATION – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR, OF & BY THE DISABLED
… CANE FOUNDATION, founded in November, 2014, is a charitable trust, founded to combat disability and the myths that go with it, in all its forms. It is now accepting applications for the protection of ideas, inventions and/or creations for, of and/or by the disabled. For more details vist: www.canefoundation.org.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES – INGENIO’S MESSAGE
… SiNApSE observed the International Day of persons with disabilities with wise Ingenio enlightening us on the importance of this day.
Funding activities during the last quarter, especially when it comes to start ups, was great! Apart from the US$ 1 Billion Fundraising by FlipKart, India saw several start ups being funded at various levels. A Report indicates 93 deals and a total funding of INR 97,738 Million. With the FlipKart deal, e-commerce businesses lead the pack in percentage of start ups funded based on sector.
With respect to start up activities in the country, a 2014 NASSCOM Report rated India as the fastest growing start up ecosystem and the third largest in the world. This report estimates that India has around 3,100 start ups, and that 800 of them are being set up every year. By 2020, it estimates that India’s start up size will be around 11, 500.
Lingaa, the most recent film starring Rajinikanth, was accused of plagiarism of aspiring film-maker K R Ravi Rathinam’s yet-to-be-released Tamil film, “Mullai Vaanam 999”. Consequently, Ravi Rathinam filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court. The petitioner maintained that his film, though unreleased, has a story based on the construction of the Mullaperiyar dam by a British Engineer John Pennycuick and the story was published on YouTube. This caused severe outrage among the Defendants especially film director, K S Ravi Kumar, who denied the allegation stating that it wasn’t possible to infringe an unpublished copyrighted work, while also alleging that was this done merely to harass them (Defendants), asserting that “no one can claim right over the theme of a hero constructing a dam and protecting it from anti-social elements”.
Ravi Kumar’s counter-affidavit stated that though the script of the movie was written by S Ponkumaran (registered as ‘King Khan’ under South Indian Film Writers’ Association) the screenplay was written by himself. In addition, Superstar Rajinikanth filed another counter-affidavit, which in part, contradicted Ravi Kumar’s version where it claimed that both the script and screenplay were written by S Ponkumaran. He referred to “custom and practice” of the film industry whereby a minimum of 13 continuous shots are required to prove Copyright Infringement. He even questioned his addition to the list of Respondents by being called a distributor of the movie. He told The Hindu that, “…the name, fame and repute enjoyed by me worldwide have been tarnished as if the film ‘Lingaa’ is a product of a copy-cat. I have been roped into unnecessary controversy. I hereby reserve my right to proceed against the petitioner for damages”.