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Udta Punjab and Online Piracy of Bollywood Movies

  Udta Punjab, the recently released bollywood movie on substance abuse prevalent in Punjab has been mired in controversy from the beginning. Earlier, when the movie had commenced its shooting,the production unit faced trouble for not taking mandatory permission from the district administration and police authorities of Amritsar. However, recently the movie drew attention due to its certification and censorship by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) which became the bone of contention between the producers and the CBFC. In order to make sure that the movie gets released on time, the producers led by Anurag Kashyap went to the...

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Dust settles down in the Udta Punjab row

The featured image shows the face of a man with his eyes and mouth covered by the palms of another person. The post is regarding the row between producers of Udta Punjab and the CBFC. To know more, please click here.

“Submitting to censorship is to enter the seductive world of ‘The Giver’: the world where there are no bad words and no bad deeds. But it is also the world where choice has been taken away and reality distorted. And that is the most dangerous world of all “ – Lois Lowry Indian film fraternity has now entered a new era where both realistic films as well as commercial films are equally appreciated by audiences.  The success of Gangs of Wassepur, Lunch Box and Wednesday are few examples of the changes happening to the mind set of today’s audiences.  While that...

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Freedom of expression and Censorship

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  The Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) discomfort to allow filmmakers’ “freedom of expression” has been a subject of clash quite often, with the recent one involving the producers of the film Udta Punjab, a drug abuse themed film, who approached the Bombay High Court challenging the order of CBFC asking it to delete different items, words, references etc.The Court said that CBFC’s power is to only certify movies for public exhibition and not to censor them. The parties have time and again knocked the doors of the Court to throw better light on the matter. On such case is Bobby...

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Valentine’s Day Gifts ( Love Patents V):Well Played!

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"All you need is love, Love is all you need"- The Beatles Its two days to go for Valentine’s Day, and it’s about time you stepped  up your game. Although you don’t need a special day to express your love for someone, it doesn’t hurt to make this one extra special. A lot of you might be suiting up and you probably will be making dinner reservations, at a nice, posh restaurant. Maybe you will order her favourite wine or  may be you're ready to go all out this time with some expensive champagne. That’s a great plan, but it could...

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Dhoni and the Infamous Magazine Cover: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The image is of indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The post is an entertainment law related matter, involving Dhoni. To read more click here.

To many cricket fans cricket is no less than a religion. And to many of such passionate fans Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no less than a God. However, when “Captain Cool” was featured as a deity on the cover of Business Today some people were not amused. In 2013, Business Today featured Dhoni on the cover of its April issue, with a report on the brand value of the sportsman titled “God of Big Deals”. The cricketer was depicted as Lord Vishnu, holding different products endorsed by him, including a packet of Lays potato chips, Boost, a bottle of Pepsi and...

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Entertainment Law: No ‘soft kitty’ to put Sheldon to sleep?

The featured image is of jim parsons or sheldon from the big bang theory. The post is a copyright law suit involving the big bang theory. To read more click here.

“Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur. Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr.” All Big Bang Theory fans know that this lullaby is the only thing that can calm Sheldon down to a sleepy state. However, what they might not be aware of is that it now has become the subject of a lawsuit, recently filed by Ellen Newlin Chase and Margaret Chase Perry, daughters of Edith Newlin, the original author of “Soft Kitty”. Edith wrote the nursery rhyme in 1937 when working at a kindergarten school in Alstead, New Hampshire, and the show's producers discovered it in a book...

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May the (IP) Force be with you

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Yes!!! The first part of the third and final trilogy of the now Disney owned Star Wars series is finally set to release in Indian theaters on 25th of December, a full week after the rest of the world, thanks a ton- Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani. But, as The Huffington Post correctly notes, it could be a lot worse, as is the case of China (9th January, 2016). And no, this article, unlike the many others surfacing elsewhere on the Inter-web, does not contain any spoilers to the movie we have all waited a decade for. This piece will focus instead...

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Trouble in Mohenjo Daro Paradise!

The featured image is that of Hrithik Roshan. The post is about a copyright infringement suit that has been filed against Hrithik's upcoming movies Mohenjo Daro. To read more click here.

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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Grumpy Cat gets into an IP Spat

The feature image is the image of a plush toy of Grumpy cat. The post is about an IP infringement law suit that teh grumpy cat company has filed against Grenade beverages. To read more click here.

“Don't make me Grumpier than I feel already, or I WILL see you in Court.” - Grumpy Cat Note: Dear Readers, you will probably best enjoy this post after viewing this video of Grumpy Cat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoSep_Otcvg Yes, Grumpy Cat a.k.a Tardar Sauce has achieved more than most humans, she is the first cat to have been immortalized by Madame Tussauds wax museum as of 8th December 2015. She has authored three books, been on the American Idol and featured on the covers of Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine. Grumpy Cat went viral on the Internet after her owners posted a photograph,...

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Don’t Witch around says BCCC

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  The Salem witch trials might belong only in the history textbooks, but witchcraft is not a thing of the past in many parts of India.  The National Crimes Record Bureau reports around 2300 occult, black magic and witchcraft related deaths since 2000. And many States like Rajasthan, Jharkhand and most recently Assam have passed legislations with provisions for tough punishments to curb the practice and bring an end to superstitious beliefs that have been nothing more than a legacy of violence towards women, at least now that we're past 15 years of the 21st century. More interestingly,  the BCCC (Broadcasting Content...

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