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Mohenjo Daro triumphs infringement battle

The featured image shows a picture of the actor Hrithik Roshan. The post is about the recent copyright infringement action initiated against the film 'Mohenjo Daro'. To know more, please click here.

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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“Don’t Use my Name”, “Okay, Cool”

The featured image shows the logo of the fashion house Burberry which is affixed to a particular cloth. The post is about a dispute between the Fashion house Burberry and music producer Perry Moise. To know more, please click here.

Fashion houses rarely stay out of the news, especially when it comes to IP related matters. Recently the English luxury fashion house Burberry sued rapper and music producer Burberry Perry (real name Perry Moise). Can anyone take the hint, why Mr. Perry was sued? Yes, it’s a no-brainer, for trademark infringement and dilution. Besides using the name of the fashion label as a part of his stage name, the rapper also used Burberry’s trademark check print and the equestrian logo for the promotion of his album titled “BURBERRY PERRY”. The lawsuit was filed last Tuesday in the Southern District of...

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John Doe Orders obtained by makers of ‘Sultan’

The featured image shows a signboard with the words 'No Piracy' written in black , bold letters. A skull with two cross bones is also present next to the words. The post is about a john doe order that YRF secured in its favour regarding the movie 'sultan'. To know more, please click here.

This post discusses the latest development relating to the movie ‘Sultan’. The movie was released today, i.e.on 6.07.2016. Ahead of the release of the much awaited movie ‘Sultan’, Yash Raj Films approached the Bombay High Court ,seeking for an interim injunction to fight piracy. Yash Raj Films filed an application after they came across websites hosting several links to download the yet to be released movie ‘Sultan’. These links although dormant at the time of making the application are bound to become functional once the movie is released. In an order passed by Justice G. S. Patel, the Bombay High court...

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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

The featured image shows the word censored written in white letters on a grey background. The post relates to the recent row between producers of udta punjab and CBFC. To know more, please click here.

  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!

The image is of a jigsaw puzzle game which forms a heart as the post is about love patents

"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

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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