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Weekly Copyright News: Cinematograph Act Amendment, Facebook to Make Political Ads Transparent, No Removal of Explicit Streaming Content, EU Agrees on Copyrights, Fiji Counter-sues, and more

Cabinet Approves Cinematograph Amendment to Curb Piracy, Delhi HC Dismisses Plea Seeking Removal of Explicit Streaming Content, Facebook to Increase Transparency of Political Ads, Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of ‘Extortion and Blackmail’, EU Negotiates Agreement on Copyright Rules, ‘GTA V’ Cheats Cost Creator USD 150,000 in Damages, Fiji Water Counter-sues Viral Fiji Water Girl, PV Sindhu Signs Lucrative 50 Crore Deal with Chinese Sports Brand, McFarlane Toys Inks Deal for DC Superhero Toys, Kiss and Emoji Collaborate, BMG to License Music through SESAC in India, Copyright Tip of the Week, and more. Copyright Quote When you have wit of your own, it's a pleasure to credit other people for theirs. - Criss...

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Kindle eBooks, FDI eCommerce Policy and Amazon Marketplace – Non-compliance Continues Contd.

Amazon Marketplace Non Compliance

Amazon Seller Services Private Limited ("Amazon") runs the eCommerce marketplace at www.amazon.in, and among other products, Amazon facilitates sale of eBooks and/or eBook subscription licenses on the platform at its Kindle eBook Store at https://www.amazon.in/Kindle-eBooks/b?ie=UTF8&node=1634753031. In my opinion, Amazon's business and approach with respect to eBooks does not comply with the recent FDI eCommerce guidelines by virtue of the following: By exclusively permitting only its group company Amazon Asia Pacific ("Amazon APAC") to sell eBooks on its marketplace; By giving preferential treatment to Amazon APAC's eBook products on the Marketplace; By requiring authors to publish exclusively on its marketplace through...

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Intermediaries, Marketplaces and Take Down Actions

Intermediaries, Marketplaces and Take Down Actions

My colleague, Ashwini Arun, brought an interesting post on Spicy IP on SareGama's take down notice to my attention. The post talks about take down of one of its articles, and may be read at: https://spicyip.com/2019/02/saregama-pa-rdon-me-you-have-the-wrong-address-on-the-perils-and-pitfalls-of-notice-and-takedown.html. It is unfortunate that SareGama decided to include an article from Spicy IP, renowned for its well-researched articles and contributions to IP discourse, in its Take Down list. I am assuming that the inclusion of the link by SareGama was an inadvertent act of one of its Take Down service providers, who automate most of the process and approach taking down links to infringing...

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Weekly Trademark News: Solid 21 Inc in Legal Battle, Kamala Harris Trademark, Bonjour Collaborates with Hush Puppies and Other News

Weekly Trademark News - BananaIP Counsels

Indian Trademark Statistics for February (Second Week), Kamala Harris Trademark, 3.85 Crores Awarded to Whatman in Damages, Solid 21 Inc in Legal Battle, Harmal Chilli GI and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK Every interaction in any form, is branding-Seth Godin INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS In the last week, the Indian Trademark Office has had a slow week. The total number of applications published in the trademark journal has decreased by four percent (4 %). Similarly, the total number of renewals notices issued has decreased by nineteen percent (19 %). However, the total hearing...

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Kindle eBooks and Amazon Marketplace – The Non-Compliance Continues

Amazon's Kindle eBooks need no introduction. Everyone is aware of them, and since the launch of the Kindle eBook store in India, Amazon claims that its publisher and customer base is growing fast. In 2018, Amazon also launched Audible, its audio book store in India. So far, I have used the term Amazon loosely to refer to several of its entities. For purposes of this post, two entities of Amazon are relevant. One, Amazon Asia Pacific Holdings Private Limited (Amazon APAC" (Registered in Singapore), and Two, Amazon Seller Services Private Limited "Amazon India" (Registered in India). Amazon APAC licenses and...

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The Wind from the West – Playwright Ananda Rao’s Padamati Gali

Padamati Gali

Note: This is not an IP post, and has only one reference to copyright protection. It comes; It changes; And it goes. It changes lives, lives of farmers, who provide food to the world. For many of us, the wind is nothing more than a phenomenon. But for farmers and their families, it is a life changing event. Seventy two years after independence, farmers in India continue to live uncertain lives. Their struggles are not much different from those before independence. The protests, the marches, the strikes, and the sacrifices prevail, and the fight is still on. Only the adversary has changed. This...

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Weekly Copyright News: Facebook to Share Chats with Police, Artist Sues Ariana Grande, ‘Fiji Water Girl’ Suit, and more

Facebook to Provide User Chat Details for Sensitive Cases to Delhi Police, MEITy Invites Counter Comments on Draft Intermediary Rules, Vegas Artist Sues Ariana Grande for Using Art in Music Video, Creators of Netflix’s ‘Wild Wild Country’ Sued for Copyright Infringement, ‘Fiji Water Girl’ Sues Fiji Water for Unauthorised Use of Images, Spotify in Talks to Acquire Gimlet, TikTok and Sony Collaborate to Promote Thriller ‘Escape Room’ Copyright Quote The Copyright Bargain is a balance between protection for the artist and rights for the consumer. Robin Gross Copyright Statistics There is an increase of 14% in the total number of copyright applications filed last week as compared to the previous week....

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Patents and Women – Presentation by Ms. Vinita Radhakrishnan at IIM – Ahmedabad

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This talk on Patents and Women was delivered by Ms. Vinita Radhakrishnan at the at the Fourth International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at/for/from/with Grassroots [ICCIG 4] held at IIM, Ahmedabad. In this presentation Ms. Vinita talks about - Enrollment of Women in higher education, Women participation in research and development activities, Women recipients of civilian awards for their contribution to science and technology in India, Women participation in startups and entrepreneurship among women, among others. You may view the full presentation below. [slideshare id=130478710&doc=iimapresentation-190204141804] About Ms. Vinita Radhkrishnan Ms. Vinita, a senior partner at BananaIP, specializes in Bio/Pharma patent law and Patent Strategy. She heads...

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Job Opening at BananaIP – Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney

The featured image shows a person holding a board with the words we are hiring. BIP counsels is hiring for the position of IP Attorney. To apply, click here

BananaIP (BIP) Counsels is pleased to announce an opening for the position of IP Attorney with the Media & Entertainment Division. Please see details below for more information. Job Description Title – IP Attorney Department – Media and Entertainment Job Description – 1) Media & Entertainment, Intellectual Property Law related work Contract drafting Litigation Management Agreement review Legal Opinions 2) Trademark/ Copyright Search, Filing and Prosecution 3)  Filing and Prosecution CTC – Negotiable Location – Mumbai/Bangalore Pre-Requisites Applicants must have the following qualifications and capabilities. Education: B.A LL.B./LL. M in Entertainment Law Experience: 1 Year experience in the relevant industry Skills: Excellent oral and written...

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Weekly Trademark News: Amul Sends Legal Notice to Google, 20th Century Fox in a Legal Battle, Japan Patent Office Bans Era Trademark and Other News

Indian Trademark Statistics for February (First Week), 20th Century Fox in Legal Battle Over its Upcoming Movie, Valentine Makeup Collection by Kylie Jenner, Amul Sends Legal Notice to Google, Pithora Arts GI and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Within every brand is a product, but not every product is a brand”- David Ogilvy INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS The Indian Trademark Office has had a mixed week. The total number of applications examined by trademark office has increased by five six percent (6%). The total number of hearing notices issued has increased by...

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