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The Bombay High Court issues an ad-interim injunction in Karan Johar's lawsuit, blocking a film's title that unlawfully exploits his name and celebrity status.

Court halts release of film exploiting Karan Johar’s celebrity status

On June 13, 2024, the Bombay High Court granted an ad-interim injunction in favor of Karan Johar, restraining Indiapride Advisory Pvt Ltd. from using his name and attributes in their film’s title, citing unlawful exploitation of his celebrity status and potential public confusion. Continue Reading Court halts release of film exploiting Karan Johar’s celebrity status

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Use of Akshay Tanna's persona and reputation on social media for investment scams taken down

Use of Akshay Tanna’s persona and reputation on social media for investment scams taken down

The Delhi High Court has mandated the takedown of fraudulent social media activities exploiting Akshay Tanna’s reputation for investment scams Continue Reading Use of Akshay Tanna’s persona and reputation on social media for investment scams taken down

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Weekly Copyright, Media, and Entertainment Law Updates

This week’s copyright, media, and entertainment law updates are as below:   MRT Music files for Copyright Infringement against Congress and Bharat Jodo Yatra The Twitter Accounts for the Indian National Congress Party, and the Bharat Jodo Yatra, faced a temporary bloc recently over claims of copyright infringement. The order to block the Twitter accounts temporarily was passed by a Bangalore District Court, on complaints made by MRT Music. They alleged that the accused had used the made unauthorized use of the…

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Delhi High Court seeks Prof. Arul George Scaria's Opinion on use of Music in Marriage Ceremonies

Delhi High Court seeks Prof. Arul George Scaria’s Opinion on use of Music in Marriage Ceremonies

In a case between Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) and Lookpart Exhibitions And Events Private  Limited, Justice Pratibha Singh of the Delhi High Court has sought an expert opinion from Professor Arul George Scaria on the legislative history and scope of Section 52(1)(za) of the Copyright Act. The specific question  raised is whether use of music in marriage ceremonies and social events is exempted under Section 52(1)(za), and whether such a use may be considered as fair use. The provision reads as…

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Advisory & Consultations for Artists During Lockdown

Advisory & Consultations for Artists During Lockdown

With the onset of COVID 19 and the extended lockdown, artists, singers, dancers, actors and performers have rapidly adopted online options to reach their audiences.  If you are providing web based classes or are giving live and recorded performance online, have you taken the necessary measures to protect your intellectual property? There are several laws and regulations that apply to your intellectual creations, from copyrights and trademarks, to cyber laws.  There are also elevated concerns at this time due to the…

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Copyright and Entertainment Law News

Selena Gomez files infringement lawsuit against FHL, District Court Upholds Social Media Terms of Use, NFL Quarterback Files Infringement Lawsuit Against Amazon and more

District Court Upholds Social Media Terms of Use, Selena Gomez files infringement lawsuit against FHL, NFL Quarterback Files Infringement Lawsuit Against Amazon, Pirate IPTV Service Faces Infringement Lawsuit, TikTok Threatened with Copyright Infringement Lawsuit, Apple Accused of Selling Pirated Music. District Court Upholds Social Media Terms of Use The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, recently passed an order that upheld the terms of use of the social media website, Instagram, with regard to a copyright…

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Copyright and Entertainment Law News

Lauren Conrad Sued Over Infringing Photograph, Russian Internet Firm Sues Twitch, Court Orders USD 1 Billion Penalty for Cox Communications and more

Lauren Conrad Sued Over Infringing Photograph; Russian Internet Firm Sues Twitch; Court Orders USD 1 Billion Penalty for Cox Communications; Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against Makers of Music Documentaries; MJ’s Estate Settles Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Disney; Crackdown on Bombay Pubs Playing Copyrighted Songs Without Licence and more. Entertainment Law News Lauren Conrad Sued Over Infringing Photograph Reality TV star Lauren Conrad has recently been sued by a photographer named Jason Cook, who claims that Conrad used his picture on…

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Google and Youtube Lose Copyright Infringement Battle,Liam Hemsworth Sued for Copyright Infringement,Diego Maradona Cries Foul Against Dolce and Gabbana and more

Google and Youtube Lose Copyright Infringement Battle; Disney and Lucas film Sue Mouseprint Media LLC for Copyright Infringement; Bella Hadid Sued for Posting Infringing Pictures; Liam Hemsworth Sued for Copyright Infringement; Diego Maradona Cries Foul Against Dolce and Gabbana; Rebel Wilson Hit with Federal Law Suit for Infringement; Lawsuit Against Apple: Apple Music Streams without Proper License; Mighty Music Player Now Compatible with Amazon Music; The Holy Trifecta to Create an Open-Source Smart Home Standard and more. Entertainment Law News Google…

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Arsenal Bears the Brunt of Mesut Özil’s Comments, Jason Mraz Sues Coors Lights, Taylor Swift Cancels Licensing of Her Music Catalogue, Netflix’s New Original: Spotify’s Story and more

Petition Signed to Remove Netflix Comedy "First Temptation of Christ"; Arsenal Bears the Brunt of Mesut Özil's Comments on Uighur Muslims; Copyright Infringement Suit Against Vampire Facial Doctor; Jason Mraz Sues Coors Lights; Heirs to Tom Petty Resolve their Legal Disputes; Taylor Swift Shuts Down Licensing of Her Music Catalogue; Netflix's New Original Series: Spotify Startup Story; Youtube’s App Becomes Most Frequently Used Music App in India; US Reaches 1 Trillion Milestone for Music and Video Streams and more. Entertainment Law…

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Dancing with Intellectual Property

Dancing with Intellectual Property: A Presentation by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

On December 13th, 2019, BananaIP Counsels conducted a seminar titled "Dancing with Intellectual Property" at its office in Bangalore. The event was attended by dancers, performers, and dance instructors, and witnessed active exchanges on the need for IP awareness for those in the field. Dr. Kalyan, Managing Partner of BananaIP Counsels, started the session with a discussion on the different types of intellectual property that could exist in a dance performance, and how each form of IP could be protected. He…

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