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Copyrights: Demi Lovato cannot “Let it go’’

The featured image shows Demi Lovato performing on a stage . The post is about the latest allegations of copyright infringement against Demi Lovato for her song 'Stars'. To know more , please click here.

Demi Lovato, an acclaimed singer is currently facing allegations of copyright infringement for her song ‘Stars’. Sleigh Bells has sued Demi Lovato in a California Federal Court, alleging that there exists striking similarities between Demi Lovato’s ‘stars’ and their band’s ‘Infinity Guitars’. ‘Infinity Guitars’ is one of the most popular and recognizable tracks of the band ‘Sleigh Bells’.  Demi Lovato’s song, ‘Stars’ was released last year as a bonus track in her album ‘Confident’. The song ‘Infinity Guitars’ was released in 2010 and was one of the massive hit songs during that time.  However, the band claims that the song ‘Stars’...

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DNC may need to duck before Disney files an infringement lawsuit

The featured image shows the word disney . The post is about the potential copyright infringement suit against mascot '' Donald Ducks''. To know more please click here.

We all know Donald Trump is a presidential hopeful, has been a savvy business man and somehow always manages to make or stay in the news. This time however it is not his doing. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has come up with a mascot which bears a striking resemblance to a famous Disney duck, but with the slight variation of Trump's blond mop of hair. The mascot is called “Donald Ducks” and will be used by the committee to jeer at the presidential candidate regarding his undisclosed tax returns. The mascot will follow Trump to all his campaigns and...

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Copyrights : Ed Sheeran sued for ‘Thinking out loud’

The featured image shows the image of singer Ed Sheeran . The post is about the recent copyright allegation against Ed Sheeran. To know more, please click here.

Singer and song writer Ed Sheeran is currently facing a copyright lawsuit with reference to his music ‘Thinking out loud’. The heirs of of singer, songwriter and producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Marvin Gaye's 1973 soul staple "Let's Get It On'',filed a suit against Ed Sheeran on Tuesday in the Federal court in the Southern District of New York. Ed Townsend and  Marvin Gaye co-wrote the song. Townsend's heirs are now suing Sheeran and they are claiming that Ed Sheeran has lifted key parts of the classic song and used them in 'Thinking out loud'. The song in dispute is ‘Thinking...

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Mohenjo Daro clears copyright infringement case

The featured image shows a picture of the actor Hrithik Roshan. The post is about the latest copyright infringement dispute regarding the film Mohenjo Daro. To know more, please click here.

The makers of the movie 'Mohenjo Daro' heaved a sigh of relief when the Bombay HC on August 2nd,2016 (Tuesday) dismissed a plea for an interim relief by the plaintiff who had alleged that the director of the movie had supposedly infringed his copyright in the script. The plaintiff, Akashaditya Lama had sent a legal notice to the producers of the movie Mohenjo Daro,director Ashutosh Gowariker and Hrithik Roshan, seeking a stay on the film’s production and release. He alleged that he had come up with the idea about the movie way back in 1995 and had developed the same...

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Copyrights: Kriti vs Bob

The featured image shows the symbol of copyright in purple colour on a white background.The post is about the recent allegation of copyright infringement against the short movie 'kriti'. To know more, please click here.

The latest development in the copyright dispute between the makers of short films 'Kriti' and 'Bob' is discussed in this post. To know more about this copyright dispute which was published in an earlier post, please click here. The turbulence between Shirish Kunder’s 'Kriti' and Aneel Neupane’s 'Bob' finally seems to have reached its climax with the comeback of KRITI on YouTube. Neupane’s allegations of copyright infringement had infuriated Kunder, who claimed that there was no scope for any such copy and Neupane was attempting to defame him through false allegations. Shirish Kunder turned the tables for the BOB film-maker, Aneel Neupane,...

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Copyrights : Canada’s accession brings Marrakesh Treaty into force

The featured image shows a boy smiling and reading a braille. The post is about Canada's ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty. To know more, please click here.

On 30th June 2016, Canada became the twentieth nation to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, which will bring the Treaty into force in three months time on September 30, 2016. The ratifying countries will now be able to enjoy the benefits enshrined in the treaty that are meant to extend access to literature and information for print disabled persons. The Marrakesh treaty is the latest addition to the body of international copyright treaties currently administered by the WIPO. India was the first country...

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Copyright : Krishika Lulla & Ors. vs Shyam Vithalrao Devkatta & Anr.

Krishika Lulla & Ors. vs Shyam Vithalrao Devkatta & Anr. [Criminal Appeal No. 258 & 259 of 2013 SC (Decided on 15.10.2015)] Facts Shyam Vithalrao Devkatta (Respondent), had authored a story named ‘Desi Boys’ and had registered the same with the Film Writers Association on 25.11.2008. Mr. Devkatta forwarded the synopsis of the story to his friend Mr. Ramesh Bhatnagar who further forwarded it one Mr. Ahsaan Sagar on 15.10.2009. Subsequently, Mr. Devkatta saw the promos of a film titled ‘Desi Boyz’, after which he filed a criminal complaint, as the adoption of the title Desi Boyz was an infringement of his...

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Kriti versus Bob : Who owns the copyright?

The featured image shows the symbol of copyright in purple colour on a white background.The post is about the recent allegation of copyright infringement against the short movie 'kriti'. To know more, please click here.

Kriti, a short film by Shirish Kunder, has been taken down by YouTube amidst a copyright controversy initiated by a filmmaker from Nepal, Aneel Neupane. The short film, Kriti, was uploaded on YouTube on June 22, 2016. The short film had bagged   over two million views within 2 days. However, on June 24, Kriti found itself in controversy as Neupane updated a facebook status, openly accusing Kriti to be a copy of his short film, Bob. Neupane claimed that he had circulated the film privately among a close group of friends and had finally uploaded it on YouTube on May...

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Recent Copyright decisions

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Jury clears Led Zeppelin’s "Stairway to Heaven" from copyright infringement claim A lawsuit alleging copyright infringement was brought against Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin group  by Michael Skidmore. He alleged that there were similarities between the opening chords for 1971 song Stairway To Heaven  and a composition called Taurus  which was released four years earlier by a band called Spirit. The US District Judge Gary Klausner had ruled in April that “Stairway to Heaven” bore “substantial” similarities with “Taurus”. However, the jury found that the two songs were not “substantially similar”. This decision of the Jury was welcomed by the musicians and...

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Copyrights: ABS Entertainment, Inc. v. CBS Corporation, et al.

The featured image shows the word copyright wrtitten in blue colour which is illuminated. The post is about the copyright vesting in sound recordings in pre 1972 music in California. To know more, please click here.

This article relates to an interesting summary judgment passed by the District Court of California in a suit brought for copyright infringement.  The Plaintiffs, ABS Entertainment Inc., Barnaby Records, Inc., Brunswick Record Corporation, and Malaco Inc. (collectively addressed as “Plaintiffs”) brought a copyright infringement suit against CBS Corporation and CBS Radio Inc. (collectively addressed as “CBS” or “Defendants”) for publicly performing, through radio broadcasts or digital internet streams, the Plaintiffs’ pre-1972 sound recordings. It is necessary to state the history of copyright protection for sound recordings in the US to understand the decision in the instant case. Sound recordings became eligible...

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