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Trade Marks and Publicity Rights PPT by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at GNLU

This presentation was delivered by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at GNLU as a part of the entertainment law course offered for LLB students. The presentation covers: Introduction to trade mark law; Trade Mark protection ladder; Trade Marks and Movie Titles; Protection of trade marks in series; Merchandizing and trade mark protection; Famous films and trade mark protection; Disparagement and trade mark use; Names, Registrations and Actions; Basics of Publicity Rights and Celebrity Rights; Publicity Right jurisprudence in India; Daler Mehndi case and factors; Kajal Aggarwal case; Sonu Nigam case; Exceptions to Publicity Rights Violation; and With the help of cases, examples...

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Copyright and Entertainment-PPT by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at GNLU

This presentation was delivered by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at GNLU as a part of the entertainment law course offered for LLB students. The presentation covers: • Introduction to copyright law and philosophy of copyright law; • Copyrightability - Idea/Expression Dichotomy, Ideas and Expressions, Originality, Modicum of Creativity - tests; • Abstraction of expressions from ideas, public domain works, facts, common scenes, concepts, themes, etc; • Copyrightable Subject Matter - Works protected; • Rights granted to each type of work, and differences in rights; • Term of Copyright; • Ownership - Employer-Employee, Commissioned works - Works for Hire; • Assignment, Licensing and Royalty Sharing with respect to literary...

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Entertainment Law – IP and Entertainment PPT by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at GNLU

This presentation was delivered by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at GNLU as a part of the entertainment law course offered for LLB students. The presentation covers: Meaning of intellectual property; Nature of protection offered by IP; Different species of Intellectual Property, and their relevance to entertainment industry: Role of Patents in Entertainment Business; Copyrights and Entertainment; Trade Marks and their relevance to entertainment industry; Industrial Designs/Design Patents and their role in licensing and merchandizing; Geographical Indications and their role in entertainment; Trade Secrets in the  Entertainment Industry; Confidential Information and Entertainment Business; and Role of Traditional Knowledge in the business of entertainment. With the help of cases, examples and multi-media Dr. Kalyan's...

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Entertainment Law: The joke isn’t funny anymore

Man of a thousand impressions, Kapil Sharma, is back in the news. But this time it isn’t because of his rib-tickling jokes or hilarious antics. His Bollywood debut “Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon” (“KKPK” for brevity) has landed in legal trouble, with its release date right around the corner. The film stars Kapil Sharma, Arbaaz Khan and Varun Sharma in lead roles and is directed by Abbas-Mustan. The production house responsible for the Kannada film Nimbe Huli has filed a complaint against the makers of Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon for allegedly plagiarizing their storyline. Nimbe Huli, released last year, was about a...

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MSF Initiates Legal Action Against ‘Phantom’

After being banned by the Lahore High Court on the ground of ‘filthy propaganda’, it is now MSF’s (Medecins sans Frontieres) turn to draw the sword against ‘Phantom’, the Indian action thriller directed by Kabir Khan, starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif. Phantom, which was released on 28th of August, 2015 revolves around the story of an aid worker who helps a disgraced Indian soldier to assassinate Pakistani extremists, who orchestrated the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The trailer of the movie portrays Katrina Kaif as an aid worker using arms to fight against terrorists. A report claims that while the name MSF...

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YouTube ordered to take down copyright infringing material

On July 1, 2015, Google owned video-sharing website YouTube won a legal battle against German performing rights organization GEMA in a German regional court. GEMA had claimed that Youtube should be liable to pay each time a video of an artist, represented by GEMA is viewed. GEMA represents several composers, lyricists, music publishers as its members in Germany and collects their royalty fees. This is not the first time that GEMA has engaged in a legal feud with YouTube. Even after several years of negotiation, they could not resolve the dispute regarding equitable remuneration, once again leading to a deadlock. The...

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Padmini and ors.Vs.Raj Television Network Limited

The featured image is of the copyright logo on a bomb, as the post is about assignment of copyright. To read the post click here.

Case title Padmini and ors.Vs.Raj Television Network Limited Citation Original Application No. 763 of 2013 in C.S. No. 686 of 2013 (Decided On: 13.04.2015) Facts The plaintiffs are the legal heirs of R Venkatraman, who produced the Tamil film ‘Ninaithale Inikkum’ in the year 1979, under the ‘Premalaya’ banner. In 1981 Mr Venkatraman assigned the copyright in the negatives, of both picture and sound, of the said film to ‘Kumar Pictures’, by way of an assignment deed, for a period of 99 years. The plaintiffs however, retained the re-take and dubbing rights. ‘Kumar Pictures’ subsequently assigned the negative rights to defendant Raj Television Network Limited (hereinafter...

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Happy Birthday sue You; Happy Birthday sue You!

This image depicts children singing the happy birthday song. This image is relevant becasue this post talks about the copyright over the tune of the song "Happy birthday to you". Click on the image to view full post.

There’s no one who hasn’t awkwardly stood around their birthday cake while people sing "Happy Birthday to You". It’s the world’s most famous song, sung to millions each year. And this six-word set of lyrics with a simple melody is protected by copyright. In 1868, two Hill sisters from Kentucky composed a song called "Good Morning to All" (now known as the tune of "Happy Birthday"), which went like: Good morning to you, Good morning to you, Good morning, dear children, Good morning to all. Nobody knows when or how the song transitioned to the lyrics of "Happy Birthday to You".[i]  It appeared in The Beginners'...

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OCR: Credibility of India’s Intellectual Property Enforcement in Question

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United States Trade Representative (USTR) ordered an Out of Cycle Review (OCR) for India in October. While the USTR insists that the aim of this exercise is to provide constructive feedback to India in order to improve its IP protection and enforcement, many in India are not happy about this move. Not only has the government criticized this move, but also refused to participate in it arguing that the US laws are not applicable to India. Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s Commerce Minister, had informed the Parliament, “The Special 301 process is a unilateral measure taken by the United States under their...

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Presentation on Software and Music Licensing-By Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

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[slideshare id=45505179&doc=softwareandmusiclicensing-150306003703-conversion-gate01] The presentation herein was given by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala. It deals with the different types of IP, assignment and licensing. Important clauses such as Recitals, Definitions, Grant, Royalties, Term & Termination are discussed. All of these are explained with the help of examples. Open Source licenses are talked about in detail. Licenses and their types with a special focus on music licensing brings about the close of the presentation....

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