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Film Expression and Censorship in India: An Introduction (Part 1)

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  Expression in the form of films is unique and special in many ways. Films merge life-like moving pictures, sounds, and other effects to tell a story, or send a message unlike any other form of expression. When the film is shown to a captive audience in a closed, dark environment, with the aid of advanced technology, its impact is heightened substantially. It is believed that one does not experience the same euphoria, emotion and engagement if the same film is seen on a television or computer at home. The impact of the film is therefore presumed to be higher when...

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Copyright Infringement, Entertainment tax, Beauty and the Beast, Swarovski, Copyright tips and more

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Copyright Infringement, Entertainment tax, Beauty and the Beast, Swarovski, Copyright tips and more, presented by the Media & entertainment law attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s Premier New Age IP Firm. Quote of the Week "Kill Piracy; Save Creativity." - Pirates of Bollywood, Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, Renowned IP Attorney, Author and Professor. Recent entertainment case laws MSOs and local cable operators liable to collect and pay entertainment tax to the government. Responding to the pleas filed by multi-system operators (MSOs) and local cable operators -DEN Networks Ltd, Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd, IndusInd Media and Communications and SITI Cable Network Ltd., that challenged the levy...

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Rangoon movie, Facebook Licensing, DC Super Hero Girls, Special 301 and more

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This weekly update on Copyrights, Media and Entertainment Law is brought to you by the Entertainment Law experts of BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. Thought of the Week "Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere, a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value. For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially important legal device." - Lawrence Lessig Copyright Infringement Case updates Kangana and Rangoon team land in murky waters of copyright infringement Film production company Nadia Movietone Pvt Ltd. has filed a copyright infringement suit against director & producer Vishal Bhardwaj and has sought a stay on the release of his movie 'Rangoon'. The Bombay High Court has...

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Hrithik, Beyonce, Infringement, Bombay High Court

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  This weekly update on Copyrights, Media and Entertainment Law is brought to you by the Entertainment Law experts of BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. Thought of the Week: “Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet” - Mark Twain Copyright Cases Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) sues Thomson Press The Bombay High Court has recently granted a stay order in response to an injunction suit brought about by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT), against the printing and publishing company - Thomson Press. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust in its submission to the Court has informed the Court that...

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Royalty Rights in Sound Recordings, Lyrics & Musical Works – Part 1

The featured image reads 'all rights reserved'. This post talks about the Entertainment Law and Copyrights involved in Royalty Rights in Sound Recordings, Lyrics & Musical Works. To read more, please click here.

  Quick bite: Dear readers, the following post is brought to you by the Media and Entertainment law experts of BananaIP (BIP)Counsels. This post is the first in its series and promises to engage your grey matter. This post will essentially help you understand the Entertainment Law and Copyrights surrounding Royalty Rights in Sound Recordings, Lyrical & Musical Works. Colloquially used word music/song is more than melody or harmony reduced to print, writing or graphic form[1]. Music is a language with a universal appeal. Music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No...

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Madras HC directs Google and YouTube to provide User Details in Defamation Suit.

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Google and its subsidiary YouTube were caught in a crossfire in India when Lebara Foundation a non-profit philanthropic institution supporting communities to address the welfare of vulnerable and displaced children, filed a defamation suit over an allegedly defamatory video posted by an uploader named Marupakkam Seithigal on YouTube. A Single bench (Justice MM Sundresh,) of the Madras High Court allowed Lebara’s applications seeking the IP address of those responsible for uploading a ‘defamatory’ video. The court said “If a person is aggrieved by the offending video uploaded by an unknown phantom, then the identity will have to be made know...

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Indian Performing Right Society v. Aditya Pandey & Ors.

The featured image shows the word copyright written over a grey background. The post summarises the case The Indian SingersRights Association v. Chapter 25 Bar and Restaurant. To know more, please click here.

Facts IPRS (Indian Performing Right Society) has its grievance against the broadcasters of Private FM Radio Channels and Event Organizers for paying royalties to only the owners in copyright of the sound recording but not to the authors of the lyrical or musical scores. The Single bench of the Delhi High Court Justice S.Ravindra Bhat ruled in favor of the radio broadcasting channels and IPRS then appealed to the Supreme Court, which delivered its judgement in September.  Question of Law The question of law that arises at this point is whether it is enough to obtain permission from the copyright owner of the derivative work...

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The Indian Singers Rights Association v. Chapter 25 Bar and Restaurant

The Indian Singers Rights Association v. Chapter 25 Bar and Restaurant Citation:CS (OS) 2068/2015 & IA No. 14261/2015 Facts The Defendant in this case, Chapter 25 Bar and Restaurant during the month of April 2015 had been illegally communicating to the public numerous songs containing performances of various member singers of the Plaintiff copyright society, Indian Singers Rights Association (ISRA), without obtaining appropriate clearance from ISRA and paying the requisite royalty fee. ISRA had issued a legal notice against the Defendant to obtain a Performer’s Right Clearance Certificate, but no response was received in this respect, hence the present suit. Question of Law Did the...

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DNC may face Disney’s infringement lawsuit

  We all know Donald Trump is a presidential hopeful, has been a savvy business man and somehow always manages to make or stay in the news. This time however it is not his doing. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has come up with a mascot which bears a striking resemblance to a famous Disney duck, but with the slight variation of Trump's blond mop of hair. The mascot is called “Donald Ducks” and will be used by the committee to jeer at the presidential candidate regarding his undisclosed tax returns. The mascot will follow Trump to all his campaigns and...

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Mohenjo Daro triumphs infringement battle

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Another film met the fate of being brought before the court in the 11th hour for plagiarism. The film Mohenjo Daro, directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar is scheduled for release on 12th August 2016. The movie was brought before the Bombay High Court with a claim that it was a product of plagiarism. But the film triumphed its first ever legal battle. The Plaintiff, Mr. Akshayaditya Harishchandra Lama ("Lama") claimed that the 1st Defendant, Mr. Ashutosh Gowarikar directed film Mohenjo Daro infringed his copyright in the work titled “Mohenjo Daro (The Story)” and the Plaintiff's copyright in the title Mohenjo Daro. According to...

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