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Broadcasting Licenses under Sec. 31D of Copyright Amendment Act, 2012

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This post was first published on 4th September, 2014.   The Copyright Amendment Act, 2012 has incorporated a new section into Chapter VI of the Copyright Act, which authorizes the Copyright Board to grant licenses to communicate to the public by way of performance of a literary or musical work and sound recording, which has already been published after paying Royalty fixed by the Board. One question that is frequently raised with respect to this section is its relevance and applicability  to television broadcasters. In order to understand the meaning and scope of this section for radio and television broadcasting organizations, it is...

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Works Made for Hire and Film Production – Part I: Notes on Copyright Amendment, 2012

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This post was first published on 24th June, 2014.   'Made for hire' works are of two types: a. Works created under a contract of employment or apprenticeship (Contract of Service); and b. Specially commissioned works (Contract for Service). Copyright Law, with respect to works made for hire is codified under Section 17 of the Indian Copyright Act. Clauses (b) and (c) of the section are specifically relevant to this article. They read as follows: "17. First owner of copyright...

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India’s Copyright Societies & Collective Rights Management – Part VI

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This post was first published on 4th August, 2014.   The primary purpose of a Copyright Society, also referred to as a Copyright Collective, is Collective Rights Management. A typical society acts as a middle man between authors/owners of copyrighted works and the Licensees of such works. Simply put, authors transfer all or some of their rights to the society and the society, in turn, licenses those rights, collects royalty and distributes the royalty among authors. The society also collects an administrative, management or facilitation fee for this activity. Such fee is normally in the range of 10-15% of the license fee. Collective...

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Ideas, Concepts, Scripts & Stories – Protecting Ideas in the Entertainment Industry Part I

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This post was first published on 23rd April, 2014.   An idea may be defined as a thought, which cannot be seen, touched or heard. In other words, an idea is entirely intangible in nature. Ideas can be kept secret or commercially exploited, but to gain protection, they need to satisfy the threshold of originality and novelty. Even though ideas act as catalysts for various Intellectual Property protections, by themselves, they are not qualified to obtain protection. Since an idea, taken at face value, does not fulfill the requirements of protection, it allows more than one person to create work (tangible) based on the same idea. Infringement occurs only...

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Gawker Media Sued By Dr. Phil; U.S. ‘Six-Strikes’ Policy Company loses its Status; and more

Copyright and Entertainment Laws News

This post was first published on 20th May, 2013 Gawker media gets sued by Dr. Phil for copyright infringement Dr. Phil sued Gawker media for copyright infringement when a part of his exclusive interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was shown in another show by Gawker media. Claiming to have misappropriated and stolen a part of the show, the aggrieved Peteski productions of Dr. Phil sued Gawker media for infringement. Read More The company that supervises the US 'Six-Strikes' Policy loses its status as a 'Company' The Center for Copyright Information, a company that was established to oversee and supervise the US 'Six-Strikes' policy lost its status...

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Salient Features of the Copyright Amendment Bill 2012 and its Impact on Entertainment Industry

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This post was first published on May 30, 2012. As we have previously reported, both the Houses of the Parliament passed the Copyright Amendment Bill 2012 in quick succession with overwhelming support from the opposition. The Bill is now awaiting the President’s assent and a gazette notification to become a law. The Bill has undergone many changes based on the recommendations of the Standing Committee and offers a scheme of provisions different from its previous version (the Bill 2010) in many respects. Here is an attempt to analyse the new Copyright Amendment Bill 2012 with its possible impact on the entertainment industry....

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Bombay High Court Rules that CBFC has no ‘Intellectual Morality’,US Copyright Office forms a Mechanical Rights Society,Rapper Sues Insurance Company over Copyright Infringement Lawsuit, and more.

Copyright and Entertainment Laws News

  Bombay High Court Rules that CBFC has no ‘Intellectual Morality’; Upcoming Film “Roohi Afza” Averts Copyright Infringement; Copyright Infringement Lawsuit filed against the film ‘Mission Mangal’; Rapper Sues Insurance Company over Copyright Infringement Lawsuit; US Copyright Office forms a Mechanical Rights Society; Huawei continues to remain on US Export Blacklist; Restrictions on Sale by E-Commerce Platforms; Etsy asks Sellers to include Shipping Price in their Items; E-Commerce Policies in India under Budget 2019, and more. NATIONAL NEWS Bombay High Court Rules that CBFC has no ‘Intellectual Morality’ The Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) received flak from the Bombay High Court after...

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American Broadcasting vs. Aereo – Landmark Copyright Infringement case

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This post was first published on Jun 27, 2014

On June 25th, 2014, the prolonged legal battle between Aereo, Inc. (Defendant) and the American Broadcasting Companies Inc. (Plaintiffs) – ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, came to a screeching end. The US Supreme Court decided against the legitimacy of Aereo’s service on the grounds of Copyright Infringement. This is a landmark judgment in the Copyrights world since, if decided otherwise, there could have been a drastic impact on the market of television broadcasters.

Aereo Inc. was founded in 2012 with its Head Office in New York City. They offered a service that would allow their subscribers to view broadcast television at a menial $10-$12 a month. A subscriber could watch the broadcast on a cell phone or a computer and even record for viewing later.

Aereo provided each subscriber with a small antenna and a server tuned the antenna to the show that the subscriber desired to watch. A transcoder translated signals that the antenna received into data that could be transmitted over the internet. Although the streaming would run a few seconds behind the over-the-air-broadcast, it essentially served the purpose of a television broadcaster.

Swiss Supreme Court Finally Approves Registration of the Sign “APPLE”, Xiaomi Introduces Mimoji Similar to that of Apple’s Memoji, Federal Court Holds Amazon Liable for Defective Third-Party Goods, and more.

Copyright and Entertainment Laws News

Xclusive-Lee Responds to Gigi Hadid’s Fair Use Defence; Swiss Supreme Court Finally Approves Registration of the Sign “APPLE”; Xiaomi Introduces Mimoji Similar to that of Apple’s Memoji; Federal Court Holds Amazon Liable for Defective Third-Party Goods; Apple Music has Crossed 60 Million Subscribers; A&M Studio and OneLoop Collaborate to Expand Digital Music Distribution; Court Rules in Favor of Andy Warhol in a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit; Top Chinese E-Commerce Platform Shein Shuts Down Partially, and more. COPYRIGHT QUOTE "You may be in the photograph, but that does not give you the right to use it without permission of the photographer." – Dr. Kalyan C....

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An Effective Method Towards the Protection of IP

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This post was first published on 5th July, 2012.   John Doe orders are generally issued against someone whose identity is unknown. This is usually served to online service providers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to obtain the identity of the author of an anonymous post. In the current instance John Doe orders were obtained by 'Reliance Big Entertainment Pvt' to block websites containing file sharing links, such as 'Pirate Bay' and 'Vimeo'. Recently, the producers of the Tamil films “3” and  “Dammu” had obtained similar orders. However, in these cases the court had granted interim injunction not just against the links which...

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