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Indian Copyright Orders and Judgments – 2020

Ashutosh Dubey Netflix Inc. and Ors., Delhi High Court, I.A. 3754/2020 in CS(OS) 120/2020 This lawsuit primarily deals with the issue of defamation, allegedly caused due to certain derogatory remarks made by the protagonist in a web-series known as “Hasmukh”. The plaintiff in this matter is a lawyer by profession and the defendants include a well-known digital streaming platform, which is streaming the web-series, Hasmukh. The plaintiff, while watching Hasmukh, came across a dialogue in episode 4 of season 1, which in his opinion was allegedly derogatory to the legal profession. Following this, the plaintiff filed a suit, “seeking a decree...

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Copyright and Information Technology Updates

MEITY Issues Protocols for COVID-19 Mobile App Arogya Setu The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued a notification, with regard to the protocols to be followed for accessing data  and sharing knowledge on the Arogya Setu mobile application. This application has been developed as a solution to facilitate the contact tracing of persons who are affected with the COVID-19 disease, thereby curbing the spread of the same in India. In order to ensure that the application is used effectively, the government has issued directions for the secure collection of data from the public and the subsequent implementation of...

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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 increased misuse and infringement online by people looking to illegally benefit from others’ songs, choreography, films, and performances.  Online platforms...

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Ford Faces USD 8.1 million Infringement Lawsuit, Jennifer Lopez Sued over Infringing Photograph and US Copyright and Patent Offices Asked to Study Infringement by States

Copyright and Entertainment Law News

Ford Faces USD 8.1 million Infringement Lawsuit, Jennifer Lopez Sued over Infringing Photograph and U.S. Copyright and Patent Offices Asked to Study Infringement by States. Ford Faces USD 8.1 million Infringement Lawsuit Freeplay Music, a music library, recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against automobile manufacturer, Ford Motor. In the lawsuit, Freeplay music claimed that Ford, allegedly used music owned by Freeplay in its web broadcasted advertisements, without taking necessary licenses or acquiring prior permission to use the songs from the music library. The lawsuit which was filed in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern...

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

Copyright and Entertainment Law News

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 infringement lawsuit. This lawsuit was filed by a photographer named Sinclair, against Mashable, a digital media and entertainment platform, after the...

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Online Enforcement of IP

Online Enforcement of IP Online infringement of Intellectual Property Online infringement takes many forms, from the sale of counterfeit or infringing products via the internet, to copying domain names and website content. The internet today has efficiently created a wide range of opportunities for business firms, companies, organizations, and individuals to communicate their brand messages and reach their target audience. However, keeping aside the internet’s openness, versatility, and global reach, its unregulated character has created a fertile ground for infringement of copyrighted content, trademarked brand names and logos, and registered designs. In the broadest sense, online IP infringement covers the sale of counterfeit...

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US District Court Rules in Favour of Videogame Developer,School Lessons on Harry Potter in Britain, Kickstarter Campaign Infringes Nintendo’s Copyright and more

Copyright and Entertainment Law News

US District Court Rules in Favour of Videogame Developer, School Lessons on Harry Potter in Britain, Kickstarter Campaign Infringes Nintendo’s Copyright, Supreme Court Upholds Sovereign Immunity of States and more. US District Court Rules in Favour of Videogame Developer In a recent judgment the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the unlicensed use or depiction of tattoos of the NBA (National Basketball Association) players in their videogame avatar did not amount to copyright infringement. A tattoo company called Solid Oak Sketches, which claims to hold an exclusive copyright licence for the tattoos of NBA players Eric...

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Copyright Statistics 2020

COPYRIGHT STATISTICS A total 0f 3903 applications for copyright registrations have been filed during the period of January and February, 2020. The maximum number of applications have been filed for Literary/Dramatic works and the minimum number of applications have been filed for Cinematograph Works. Month Literary/Dramatic Work Artistic Work Musical Work Cinematograph Work Computer Software Sound Recording Total January 1193 495 19 16 130 107 1960 February 1217 441 27 20 173 64 1943 Total 2410 936 46 36 303 171 3903   Authored and compiled by Neharika Vhatkar (Associate, BananaIP Counsels)  The Copyright Statistics Bulletin is brought to you by the Consulting/Strategy Division of BananaIP Counsels, a Top IP Firm in India. If you have any questions, or need any clarifications, please write to [email protected]  with the subject: Copyright Statistics. Disclaimer: Please note that the news bulletin has...

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Summary of Indian Copyright, Entertainment Law Cases and Rules of 2019

Summary of Indian Copyright and Entertainment Law Cases of 2019

High Court Cases Delhi HC: Website Cannot Use TOI and ET Content Bennett, Coleman & Company Limited & Anr. Vs. Mr. Ajay Kumar & Ors., CS(COMM) 21/2019 Decided on: 01.05.2019 Court: Delhi High Court The Delhi High Court has passed an order restraining the owners of the website www.sscias.com from using content from the ‘Times of India’(TOI) and the ‘Economic Times’(ET) on their website. This order requires the website owners to stop using, advertising, promoting, and making available for download any content from the TOI and ET newspapers. The court passed this order in a suit alleging trademark infringement, copyright infringement and unfair competition, filed by...

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Intellepedia Presents a Seminar on Intellectual Property for Business and Financial Benefit

Intellectual Property for Business and Financial Benefit

We’re holding a half day IP seminar, Intellectual Property for Business and Financial Benefit on February 14th at BananaIP Counsels in Bangalore. Spaces are reserved exclusively for Senior-level individuals, R&D Leaders, Technology and Innovation Driven Startups. How to take advantage of IP in today’s business context in India? Intellectual Property has today emerged as an important business tool in India. From financial  valuation and increasing business revenues to gaining business advantage and market share, IP is being used effectively by large and small companies as well as startups to gain business and  competitive advantage. The increase in number of patent, trademark, industrial...

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