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YouTube ordered to take down copyright infringing material

On July 1, 2015, Google owned video-sharing website YouTube won a legal battle against German performing rights organization GEMA in a German regional court. GEMA had claimed that Youtube should be liable to pay each time a video of an artist, represented by GEMA is viewed. GEMA represents several composers, lyricists, music publishers as its members in Germany and collects their royalty fees. This is not the first time that GEMA has engaged in a legal feud with YouTube. Even…

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Featured image is of a container full of different spices as the post is about a GI application filed for Kolhapuri Masala. To read the post click here.

Kolhapur ‘Spicing’ Things Up!

In addition to Kolhapuri Chappals (registered as GI), Kolhapur is also going to be famous for its Kolhapuri Masala. Yes, you heard it right! The Karveer Adarsha Mahila Aaudyogik Sahkari Sanstha (KAMAAS), a group of women self-help organizations with the help of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), a state-initiative of agriculture department, had applied under the application no-475 on 26th March 2014, to get the Geographical Indication (GI) status for the delectable mixture of different spices that claims to bring a distinct…

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Featured image is of the launch of Amish Tripathi's book Scion of Ikshvaku, as the post is related to the book and the copyright dispute between Westland and Flipkart. To read the post click here.

Liability of E-Retailers – A Copyright Battle

  Flipkart and Amazon (e-retail giants) are at loggerheads again. The matter concerns the online sale of Amish Tripathi’s book `Scion of Ikshvaku'. This time it is Flipkart which has been sued by the Westland, a Tata owned entity, for alleged infringement under both the copyright and IT Acts, for the unauthorized sale of the aforementioned book. According to Westland, they had entered into an exclusive agreement with Amazon for a period of two months to sell the book online. These…

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Padmini and ors.Vs.Raj Television Network Limited

Case title Padmini and ors.Vs.Raj Television Network Limited Citation Original Application No. 763 of 2013 in C.S. No. 686 of 2013 (Decided On: 13.04.2015) Facts The plaintiffs are the legal heirs of R Venkatraman, who produced the Tamil film ‘Ninaithale Inikkum’ in the year 1979, under the ‘Premalaya’ banner. In 1981 Mr Venkatraman assigned the copyright in the negatives, of both picture and sound, of the said film to ‘Kumar Pictures’, by way of an assignment deed, for a period of…

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Cease and desist notice to Snapdeal

  The Chennai-based saree retail Brand Nalli has issued a cease and desist notice to the leading e-commerce website Snapdeal for illegal use of its brand name, trademark and images on its website. Nalli, a brand that has become synonymous with the traditional silk or Kanchipuram sarees has become a trusted household name when it comes to sarees. It was alleged by Nalli that Snapdeal sought to unjustly cash in on the goodwill of the brand by making people believe that…

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Google’s Patent Appeal Rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court

Google is again in the news for its patents wars. With every leading company wanting to satisfy its customers by providing the best street view mapping software, Google too hasn’t left any stone unturned. Google was sued by Vederi in 2010, alleging that Google’s “Street View” infringed claims of related patents, which concerns ways of creating images of a geographical area that can be navigated by computer. Google Street View has already been the subject of a number of lawsuits. …

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Geographical Indication Registration of Basmati Rice

  Application No 14 for the registration of Geographical Indication (GI) of "Basmati Rice" was filed on 19th August 2004 in Class 30 by M/s Heritage, Haryana under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999. India and Pakistan had agreed to protect the GI of Basmati rice varieties covered by EC Regulation 1549/2004 as detailed in Council decisions 2004/617/EC and 2004/618/EC, when GI application was filled before the Registry. Basmati is the name given for certain varieties of…

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The Case of Indian Intellectual Property – Misplaced Perception

Walking out and looking at yourself is not very easy, but it must be done to understand what is going on with you. That will also give an insight into how people are perceiving you. It seems that India has not been very successful in looking at itself as a third party, and understanding how other countries are perceiving it. Maybe, someone did that and was happy with the impression the country is making. This post is a response to…

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Featured image is that of a street sign which says innovation with an arrow pointing right, as the post is about a lecture delivered byProf. David D. Friedman about innovation, new technology, the internet and how protecting intellectual property is getting tougher . To read the post click here.

“Digital Content, Intellectual Property and Innovation”- A talk by Prof. David D. Friedman

The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) had organized a lecture by Prof. David D. Friedman and Dr. Parth J. Shah on June 24, 2015 for the Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP) students as a part of their Emerging Economy course. Prof. David D. Friedman is a Professor at Santa Clara University’s Law School. He is an American economist, physicist, legal scholar, and libertarian theorist. He delivered a lecture on the topic “Digital Content, Intellectual Property and Innovation”. His lecture discusses…

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Featured image is of the silhouette of a woman doing yoga which is part of yoga logo, as the post is about Yoga related patents. To read the post click here.

Get Dressed Up for Yoga Day: Patented Yoga Products

Yoga day is the next cool thing in June this year. How about buying some patented products to celebrate this big day? Here are your options: Yoga meditation/savasana robe (US 20140082818 A1) : This invention is a garment for yoga practitioners during the final relaxation stage and/or during meditation and also for people who do not practice yoga, but, want to begin meditation or meditate more often or more intently and intensely. Yoga pants with padded knees (US 20090293167 A1) : This…

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