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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

The featured image depicts the star wars movie banner. The post is about the IP asset and claims of lucasfim and disney. To read more click here.

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: 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

The featured image depicts the cartoon of a witch. The post is about an advisory issued by the BCCC on witchcraft. To read more click here.

  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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  Karnataka State Law University released the first volume of KSLU’s Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law on 30th November at the KSLU Campus, Hubli, with the intention of rendering an operative forum, to professionals, academicians and research scholars specifically on these subjects of law while facilitating deliberations and scholarly analysis on the acute issues. Prof. V.S. Mallar graced the occasion and released the first volume of the Journal. Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, Honorary Advisor to the Editorial Board and an expert on the subject graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Mr. Shanel Punnoose was the Guest of Honor and...

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Entertainment Licensing and Patents – A Presentation by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at SIS

The following presentation titled ‘Entertainment Licensing and Patents’ was delivered by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at the 32nd National Convention on Patinformatics (Patent Informatics) for Technological Competitive Intelligence and Licensing organised by Society for Information Science (SIS) in collaboration with CSIR’s Unit for Research and Development of Information Products (CSIR-URDIP). The presentation was given to an audience consisting of Scientists/ Researchers, Information Science Professionals, Patent Analysts, Technical Managers, IP Professionals, R&D Managers, Corporate Planning Managers and included the following topics- Entertainment Content Primary IP Licensing Grant of Rights Patent to Market Future Technology Grants With the help of cases, examples and multi-media...

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Digital License Agreement -Part II

  Licensing of creative content like cinematographic films or sound recording through digital platforms forms an integral part of the entertainment business. This post is in continuation of our previous post about the structure of a Digital Licensing Agreement. In addition to the definitions, grant of license and the consideration clauses in a standard license agreement, the parties must ensure that the following clauses are also included in the Digital License Agreement: Representations and Warranties : It is essential to ensure that both parties give representations regarding their validity, good standing and organization as well as their right and authority to...

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Doctrine of Merger and Copyright Law

The fundamental rule of Copyright law is that facts and ideas are not copyrightable, it is only the creative expression of such ideas and facts that is rewarded by law, by conferring a privilege to exclusively exploit such expression for a limited time. However, not all expression are accorded protection under the Copyright Law. The law affords protection to expressions that are fixed in a medium and are ―original. Section 13 of the Copyright Act provides that ―original, literary, artistic, dramatic and musical works are subject matter of copyright. However, in situations where the idea and expression are inseparable or merged,...

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