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Canada’s accession brings Marrakesh Treaty into force

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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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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 copyright...

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Weekly IP News

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Hello Readers! Hope you all had a great weekend. Let us take a quick look at what happened in the past week, with this Weekly Warm up. Kriti versus Bob: Who owns the copyright? This post discusses the recent copyright controversy between Kriti, a short film by Shirish Kunder and Bob, a short film by Aneel Neupane.The short film, Kriti, was uploaded on YouTube on June 22, 2016. This short film by Shirish Kunder had gained immense popularity within two days of its online release. Both the short films have been taken down by YouTube, following the allegations of copyright infringement. This...

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John Doe Orders obtained by makers of ‘Sultan’

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This post discusses the latest development relating to the movie ‘Sultan’. The movie was released today, i.e.on 6.07.2016. Ahead of the release of the much awaited movie ‘Sultan’, Yash Raj Films approached the Bombay High Court ,seeking for an interim injunction to fight piracy. Yash Raj Films filed an application after they came across websites hosting several links to download the yet to be released movie ‘Sultan’. These links although dormant at the time of making the application are bound to become functional once the movie is released. In an order passed by Justice G. S. Patel, the Bombay High court...

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Kriti V Bob : Who owns the copyright?

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  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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Latest updates in Copyright case 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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Sony’s use of Emoji: A possible legal dispute

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  Sony might have to settle a possible trademark as well as copyright dispute with Marco Husges, before it can release an animated film titled “The Emoji ”. Marco Husges, is a game developer and emoji creator who has previously worked on the MMO Shadowbane, Starbreeze Studio’s Enclave and had filed for commercial trademark of the word "emoji" back in 2013. He claims to have trademark merchandising rights over 3000 emojis. The rights over the emoji shouldn’t be confused with the emoticons which we use on phone while sending whatsapp messages and texts. Husges doesn't own the rights to these emoticons...

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

  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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Disney and Dalian Engage in Comic Wars

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A conflict for the protection of intellectual property right arose recently in China when a Chinese based Infrastructure Company, Wanda Company diversified its business and entered in to a theme based park. It is interesting to note how the conflict arose in this case. The facts are as follows: on the inauguration of the theme park of Wanda Group on 28th May 2016,  few people who were alleged to be workers of the park, were seen clad in Captain America, Snow White and Star Wars Storm troopers costume, the copyright of which are currently held by Disney. Apart from the...

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Google’s use of Java APIs in Android – fair use?

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  The District Court of the Northern District of California held last week that Google's use of 37 Java APIs of Oracle does not give rise to copyright infringement liability because it is fair use. On remand from the Federal Circuit, in a Jury trial, Google's use of Java APIs and around eleven thousand lines of code was held to be fair use as it is meant to promote inter-operability and compatibility between programs. You may read our earlier post for a short history of this case here. On receiving news of the victory, Google stated that the judgment supports the...

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