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Lionsgate v. Ameritrade: A classic case of copyright claims dressed in TM claims’ clothing

Spoofs have had a long history of getting into trouble. So it’s no surprise that when brokerage giant TD Ameritrade tried to put a cheeky spin on the iconic line “Nobody puts Baby in the corner”, Lionsgate was not so forgiving. We had initially covered the matter , back in July, 2015 when Lionsgate filed an infringement suit against Ameritrade in Los Angeles. Just to jog your memory and for our younger readers, who might not be familiar with the film in question, Dirty Dancing was a 1987 American romantic drama starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Liongate Entertainment Corporation (or Lionsgate) is the Canadian–American entertainment company...

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Copyright Board to be constituted soon……or not so soon?

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The Copyright Board, a quasi-judicial body, is constituted under the provisions of the Copyright (Amendment)Act, 2012 and Copyright Rules , where applicable. The jurisdiction of the Copyright Board extends to the whole of India. The Board under the Act is entrusted with the task of adjudication of disputes pertaining to copyright registration, assignment of copyright, grant of licenses in respect of works withheld from public, unpublished Indian works, production and publication of translations and works for certain specified purposes, determination of rate of royalties payable and other miscellaneous matters instituted before it under the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012. The Copyright...

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Young Intellectuals: Intellectual Property Insights

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Intellect breeds wisdom, and wisdom begets knowledge. Intellectuals push the boundaries of knowledge and creativity, and with these sharp minds around, the world is always dynamic. Often, a peek into minds of intellectuals gives insight and foresight beyond the ordinary. 'Young Intellectuals' takes a look into minds of select IP Professionals, whose contributions are making more than a noteworthy difference to the progress of science and creative arts. Patents, MNCs, and India Strategy: R. Lakshminarayanan Role of IP/ Patents in Indian Companies: Nilesh Puntambekar Patents in Electronics and Telecommunications Industry: Nitin Nair Pharma Patent Strategy for India: Vinita Radhakrishnan Prosecuting Mechanical and Automotive Patents: Somashekar...

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Ringing Bells and Freedom 251 – Free From All IP Concerns? – Part II

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  Patents on Mobile Phones Our previous post gave an introduction to the Freedom 251 phone controversy and how it is making waves in the IP quarters.  Now let’s analyze things from the patent perspective. Reports published in January, 2016 indicate that India’s mobile subscriber population has crossed the 1 billion mark and is growing. India also is home for the second largest population in terms of Internet user base, overtaking the US. Statistics as of December, 2015 indicate that out of the 402 million internet users in India, 306 million accesses internet from their mobile devices. Clearly, India is a hot market...

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Copyright Controversy Over Dr. B.R.Ambedkar’s Work

To celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar the Centre wants to re-publish his original collected work of Bhimrao Ambedkar’s “Sampoorn Dandmay” (writings and speeches). However, the Centre’s plans have been dampened by the copyright tussle involving the aforementioned work. The Centre is facing some strict opposition from Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar who is the copyright holder and who has refused to allow printing of the original collected works in English. Earlier the Maharashtra government signed an agreement with Prakash Ambedkar to print the collected work of Bhimrao Ambedkar but the said agreement expired in the 1990s....

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The Canvas might be Yours, but My Tattoo is My Art!

A new suit filed before the New York District Court, raises the curious question regarding the ownership of tattoo designs. Solid Oak Sketches that claims to own copyrights in several tattoo designs is suing Take-Two Interactive Software and other companies associated with the video game NBA 2K16. The NBA 2K16 is a basketball stimulation video game developed by Take Two Interactive Software that features several athletes of  NBA including Le Bron James, Kobe Bryant, Kenyon Martin  etc. In its complaint filed before the US District Court, Solid Oaks claims that the video game includes reproduction of several tattoo designs that are...

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Bluebook vs Baby Blue

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Bluebook is no stranger to a law student. It is a uniform system of citation that is wildly used/followed in the United States of America. Harvard Law Review Association, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal are the big names who jointly publish the book. The student editors from the Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Pennsylvania Law, review and revise the Bluebook every five years. Due to its undeniable demand by every legal professional, it is no surprise that the book generates substantial revenues every year. Recently the book has been the focus of...

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Trouble in Mohenjo Daro Paradise!

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Hrithik Roshan starrer “Mohenjo Daro”, slated for release in August 2016 has been the centre of a lot of speculation and controversies since the date it was announced. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the movie is in the last leg of shooting. Akashaditya Lama, the director of the movie ‘Cigarette ki Tarah’ and the writer of popular TV shows Kumkum, Kkusum and Hamari Betiyon ka Vivah, has sent a legal notice to UTV Films and Disney India, director Gowariker and Hrithik Roshan.  Mr. Lama has alleged that the makers have copied the story of Mohenjo Daro originally written by him and has...

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Hrithik Roshan’s New Film in Legal Trouble

Two days ago Times of India reported that Hrithik Roshan’s upcoming film produced by Rakesh Roshan and Sanjay Gupta under the banner FilmKRAFT Production had landed in a legal tussle with the model-actor Sudhanshu Pandey. Sudhanshu Pandey claims that the story, screenplay and dialogue of the film are copied from his script titled ‘Farmayish’. Informing the Mirror about the same, Sudhanshu Pandey said "I spent two-and-a-half years nurturing this script. It's my story and was to be the debut production, made under my banner Raw Stock Production Private Limited. I met Sanjay Gupta in May and he agreed to come on...

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Disney Sues Venezuelan Company

  Disney has always been extremely protective of its intellectual property. The company has been aggressively pursuing infringers who have tried to use its IP assets without authorization. The number of suit against these infringers has increased in the recent times, with the expansion of its IP portfolio due to its acquisition of Marvel Entertainment. There have been several instances of infringement concerning Disney films, such as 'Frozen', 'Star Wars' and the Marvel movies, which it pursued aggressively. Last week, Disney brought a lawsuit against a Venezuelan company for producing a live show with copied and bootlegged Disney characters. The said company was...

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