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Media and Entertainment Law

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Election Commission Clears ‘PM Narendra Modi’ Biopic, Ban on TikTok App in India and more

  Election Commission Clears 'PM Narendra Modi' Biopic, Directs CBFC to Decide, High Court Rejects PIL Seeking Ban on PM Narendra Modi’s Biopic, Madras HC Asks Centre to Issue Ban on TikTok App, Lucifer Leaked Online Soon After Release, Twitter Accused of Censorship After Takedown of Anti-Abortion Movie Account, Mercedes Strongly Defends Street Art Infringement Claims, Ulta Sued Using Artist’s Work to Sell Face Masks, Urban Outfitters Faces Copyright Infringement Claim Over Gender-Neutral Fragrances, Game of Thrones Creators Ink Licensing Deal with Whiskey Company,Sony Sells Stake in Crackle and Invests in Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and more COPYRIGHT QUOTE  The copy...

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EC Notice to Makers of Modi Film, EU Approves Copyright Directive, Nike Wins ‘Jumpman’ Suit, AI Music, and more

EC Issues Notice to Makers of film ‘PM Narendra Modi’, Kesari Leaked Online One Day After Release, PUBG Mobile Users Receive ‘Healthy Reminder’, EU Approves New Copyright Rules, Peloton Removes Workout Videos as USD 150 Million Suit Looms, PUBG and NETEASE Settle “Battle Royale” Copyright Lawsuit, Nike Wins 'Jumpman' Copyright Infringement Suit, Record Labels Sue Charter for Non-Action Against Music Pirates, Spotify Acquires Parcast to Expand Original Podcast Content , Warner Music Signs Deal for AI-produced Music, and more. Copyright Quote I oppose piracy and want to see intellectual property protected because that is what fosters and rewards innovation. – Jared Polis National News EC...

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‘Bala’ Infringement Suit, No Political Ads at IPL, IPRS License to YouTube, and more

Director Files A Suit Against Makers of ‘Bala’, Delhi Health Director Asks Centre to Restrict Tobacco Ads at Filmfare, No Political Ads During IPL 2019, Music Publishers Sue Peloton, Universal Music Wins ‘Generic Lyric’ Copyright Infringement Suit, Court Dismisses $4 Million Award Against Zillow , RNC Fends Off Copyright Infringement Claim Filed by Montana Photographer, Discovery India Partners with Dailyhunt for Short-form Content, Google Obtains IPRS License for YouTube, Facebook Signs Music Deals with T-Series, Zee and YRF , Hotstar Gets IPL Broadcast Rights in UK , Angry Birds Maker Rovio Overhauls Merchandise Licensing, and more. Copyright Quote “Every film must be...

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T-Series Gets Infringement Notice, ‘#MeToo’ Filmmaker Challenges CBFC, GTA V Infringer Settles, and more

Filmmaker Sends Notice to T-Series for Khandaani Shafakhana;  '#MeToo' Filmmaker Challenges CBFC Order to Change Movie Name; MEITy Clarifies TOI Headline Threatening Twitter; GTA V Copyright Infringer Agrees to Settlement; Marc Jacobs Requests Dismissal of Nirvana’s Smiley Face Logo Lawsuit; VidAngel Liable for Wilful Copyright Infringement; Artists Temporarily Drop ‘Fortnite’ Charges after SCOTUS Ruling; Netflix Dives into Anime Craze with Numerous Japanese Studio Partnerships; Citizen Watches Collaborates with Captain Marvel, Sponsors World Premiere; Disney And Accenture Create Unique ‘Dumbo’ Posters; Dailymotion Collaborates with NBA G League to Provide Premium Sports Content, Copyright Tip of the Week, and more. Copyright Quote Of all...

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Is Spotify in the ‘Business of Issuing or Granting Licenses’?

Spotify, Licensing songs, Music License

Spotify, the Swedish audio streaming service recently launched in India. The service, offering both ad-supported as well as paid premium subscriptions has already acquired one million users in the first week of its launch and by the looks of it will continue to gain users.  Besides the seemingly overnight popularity the service has also been in the news for its ongoing legal battle with Warner Music Group. However, that will not be the focus of this post. In this post we will look at Spotify’s content licensing business in the light of Section 33 of the Copyright Act 1957 (as...

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Patanjali Forces Removal of Defamatory Videos, Registration Needed for Infringement Suit, Netflix sued for FYRE, and more

  Delhi High Court Directs YouTube to Take Down Video Defaming Patanjali, Uri Makers Lose Piracy Battle After Recent Surgical Strikes, Spotify India Hits One Million Users in its First Week, Copyright Office Allows Scanned Signatures in Applications, SCOTUS: Copyright Registration a Must to File Infringement Suit, FYRE Festival Attendee Sues Netflix for Copyright Infringement, Warner Bros. Shuts Down ‘The Departed’ Campaign Claiming Copyright Infringement, Fox Loses Huge ‘Bones’ Lawsuit Involving Profit Participation, Coogi Sues Nets, Nike and NBA over Notorious B.I.G Themed Merchandise, Disguise Inc. Signs Multi-Year Licensing Agreement to Create Pokémon Costumes, WB Brings Hello Kitty! to Hollywood, Mötley...

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E-Commerce Policy, Rush for Patriotic Movie Titles, Spotify in India, and more.

DIPP Invites Comments on E-Commerce Policy, Bollywood Rushes to Register Patriotic Movie Titles, Spotify’s India Launch Hit by Warner Suit, IFTDA Bans Navjot Singh Sidhu from Kapil Sharma Show, Tiktok Launches Video Series on Community Guidelines, Total Dhamaal Leaked Online Soon After Release, APC: Serena Williams’ Cartoon Not Racist, Nicki Minaj Denies Copyright Infringement in Tracy Chapman Lawsuit, US Copyright Office Denies Copyright for ‘Carlton Dance’ in Fortnite Suit, US Court Allows AT&T-Time Warner Merger, Facebook Held Liable for Retaining Copyright Infringing Links in Italy, Pocket Aces Teams up with Amazon, Tip of the Week, and more. Copyright Quote Unfortunately, nothing is...

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Overlapping IP Protection: Call for Caution

The image depicts a venn diagram of Copyright, Patent and Trademark

This post was first published on September 11th, 2012. Rights and protection are both victim and villain in overlapping. Overlapping and provision of simultaneous or sequential protection for some inventive and creative works have become a part of the expansive Intellectual property law regime. For example, both copyright law and trademark law now protect ‘Angry Birds’ and ‘Miley Cyrus’. Overlapping copyright and trademark protection for these two characters not only means that their creators receive all the benefits flowing from both the copyright regime and the trademark system, but it also means that many of the benefits that would otherwise flow to...

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Publicity Rights in India (Part II)

The image depicts a portrait of Jean Simmons.

This post was first published on March 1st, 2012. Some Indian Courts, such as Delhi High Court, have of late been very aggressive in enforcing various IP rights online and in digital media. However, considering the recent development of publicity rights law in India, there has not been an instance of its enforcement online or in computer games. We will, therefore, take a computer game hypothetical to review the applicability of publicity right law. Let us assume that an online cricket game is made in two versions. Version 1 is called world cup, which allows matches between various national teams. It includes...

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Publicity Rights in India (Part I)

The image depicts Judy Garland.

This post was first published on February 28th, 2012. The right of publicity refers to the right to prevent unauthorized commercial use of a person's persona. A person's persona includes his name, photograph, signature, voice or any other identity.   Publicity rights vest only in a celebrity or public figure. In other words, a person must be recognized by the public in order to possess the right of publicity.  The public must identify or associate an identity to a person. If such an association cannot be established, the right of publicity does not come into existence. Use of a person's persona for commercial...

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