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Full text of Ayodhya Judgment of Supreme Court of India

Ayodhya Judgment of Supreme Court

Though the Supreme Court's Ayodhya Judgment is not  directly related to intellectual property, innovation and creativity, the focus of Intellepedia, we are sharing the full text of the judgment for our reader's reference. The Supreme Court has just published the judgment on its website, and you may  download the same in PDF and word formats  here. If the judgment has any IP implications, we will report the same once we review the full judgment. Download Ayodhya Judgment in PDF and Word We have made the judgment available in word Format to facilitate accessibility to the extent possible...

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“Building an Intellectual Property Framework for your Organization” Seminar Being Organized by Intellepedia – India’s Leading IP Resource for Corporates & Professionals

Building an Intellectual Property Framework for your Organization

Building an Intellectual Property Framework for your Organization There is no doubt in the minds of business leaders that intellectual property (IP) provides great business and competitive advantage.  However, deriving value from their IP creations and investments is for most companies an unsolved puzzle.  With the increase in emphasis on IP in various business transactions ranging from selling products to providing services, organizations in India are now focusing on building IP portfolios that provide direct business value and competitive advantage. Every company aspiring to make IP count for its business must set its IP strategy in the right direction.  With this as...

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IP, Privacy and Antitrust This Week: Publishers Sue Audible, Google Ends Mobile Network Insights, Qualcomm to Keep “No License, No Chip” Policy, and more

Publishers Sue Audible over New Speech to Text Feature, Facebook Wins Appeal Against German Anti-Trust Order, Google Ends Mobile Network Insights for Telecom Operators, TikTok Warns Against Predators, CCI Orders Probe into Intel’s Warranty Policies in India, Qualcomm Wins Stay Order to Keep “No License, No Chip” Policy, and more. Publishers Sue Audible over New Speech to Text Feature Major publishers have jointly filed a copyright infringement suit in a New York Court against Amazon’s audio book company, Audible. They claim that Audible’s new Text-to-Speech feature called Audible Captions, is in clear violation of copyright law. The feature uses artificial intelligence...

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Draft E-Commerce Policy Has a Long Way To Go

  The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) issued a notification announcing the Draft National E-Commerce Policy on 23rd February, 2019 and inviting comments and suggestions from stakeholders. The Policy recognises the substantial growth of e-commerce and some of the opportunities and regulatory hurdles that accompany it. The Policy addresses the various concerns that have accompanied the rapid digitization of the economy and has chosen certain key areas that needs prioritization. Additionally, the Centre has highlighted the importance of harmonization of e-commerce policies across Ministries and Departments of the Government. To these ends, the Policy covers certain aspects of...

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Kindle eBooks, Amazon and Business of Licensing: Section 33 Non-Compliance?

amazon Kindle India non compliance on FDI law

  Over the years, the copyright law was amended several times to achieve different objectives ranging from inclusion of new works and rights to protecting interests of authors. One of the amendments to Indian copyright law in 1994 related to creating an exclusive business zone for copyright societies, whose objective is to manage works of authors, publishers and owners and facilitate ease of licensing and royalty sharing. The amendment provided in Section 33 of the Copyright Act that only copyright societies can be in the business of granting or issuing licenses. The objective of this limitation to the business of licensing...

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Kindle eBooks, FDI eCommerce Policy and Amazon Marketplace – Non-compliance Continues Contd.

Amazon Marketplace Non Compliance

Amazon Seller Services Private Limited ("Amazon") runs the eCommerce marketplace at www.amazon.in, and among other products, Amazon facilitates sale of eBooks and/or eBook subscription licenses on the platform at its Kindle eBook Store at https://www.amazon.in/Kindle-eBooks/b?ie=UTF8&node=1634753031. In my opinion, Amazon's business and approach with respect to eBooks does not comply with the recent FDI eCommerce guidelines by virtue of the following: By exclusively permitting only its group company Amazon Asia Pacific ("Amazon APAC") to sell eBooks on its marketplace; By giving preferential treatment to Amazon APAC's eBook products on the Marketplace; By requiring authors to publish exclusively on its marketplace through...

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Intermediaries, Marketplaces and Take Down Actions

Intermediaries, Marketplaces and Take Down Actions

My colleague, Ashwini Arun, brought an interesting post on Spicy IP on SareGama's take down notice to my attention. The post talks about take down of one of its articles, and may be read at: https://spicyip.com/2019/02/saregama-pa-rdon-me-you-have-the-wrong-address-on-the-perils-and-pitfalls-of-notice-and-takedown.html. It is unfortunate that SareGama decided to include an article from Spicy IP, renowned for its well-researched articles and contributions to IP discourse, in its Take Down list. I am assuming that the inclusion of the link by SareGama was an inadvertent act of one of its Take Down service providers, who automate most of the process and approach taking down links to infringing...

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Kindle eBooks and Amazon Marketplace – The Non-Compliance Continues

Amazon's Kindle eBooks need no introduction. Everyone is aware of them, and since the launch of the Kindle eBook store in India, Amazon claims that its publisher and customer base is growing fast. In 2018, Amazon also launched Audible, its audio book store in India. So far, I have used the term Amazon loosely to refer to several of its entities. For purposes of this post, two entities of Amazon are relevant. One, Amazon Asia Pacific Holdings Private Limited (Amazon APAC" (Registered in Singapore), and Two, Amazon Seller Services Private Limited "Amazon India" (Registered in India). Amazon APAC licenses and...

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The Wind from the West: Playwright Ananda Rao’s Padamati Gali

Padamati Gali

Note: This is not an IP post, and has only one reference to copyright protection. It comes; It changes; And it goes. It changes lives, lives of farmers, who provide food to the world. For many of us, the wind is nothing more than a phenomenon. But for farmers and their families, it is a life changing event. Seventy two years after independence, farmers in India continue to live uncertain lives. Their struggles are not much different from those before independence. The protests, the marches, the strikes, and the sacrifices prevail, and the fight is still on. Only the adversary has changed. This...

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Open Science and its Facets – ICCIG 4 at IIM, Ahmedabad

ICCIG 4

As a part of the Fourth International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at/for/from/with Grassroots [ICCIG 4] at IIM, Ahmedabad, Professor Arul George Scaria organized a session on 'Fostering Open Science.' I was fortunate to participate in the well organized panel discussion and learn from its proceedings. From my knowledge,Professor Arul is the only scholar in India researching on Open Science from the legal perspective. His emperical study driven report on Open Science will be released soon, and his insights about Open Science and its relevance in today's context were thought provoking. The extent of progress of the Open Science Movement...

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