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A Case for Statutory Licensing of Music for Broadcasting

After the Wynk decision of the Bombay High Court, which came to the conclusion that internet broadcasting is not covered under Section 31D of the Copyright Act, the record labels are on  a drive to convince the Government, industry and academics that statutory licensing does not provide fair value to sound recording holders. Their efforts seem to have doubled and tripled after publication of the draft Copyright Rules, 2019, which  proposed to include internet broadcasting within the scope of statutory licensing scheme under Section 31D. Led by the Indian Music Industry, the record labels are arguing that fair value for...

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Digital Rights Management

This post was first published on December 24, 2014.

 

Laws alone cannot eliminate copyright infringements. For the Copyright Law to take its course, there have to be effective detection of infringements and identification of infringers. Furthermore, as with any property rights, owners of copyrighted content have to take certain measures to protect their copyrights before expecting law enforcement to aid them. DRMs and ETMs are such measures a copyright owner is expected to take in order to protect his copyrights in the digital world. The term Digital Rights Management (DRM) broadly refers to a set of policies, techniques and tools that guide proper use of digital content. Simply put, a DRM system manages the appropriate use of content.

The major functionalities of this system are numerous. They include facilitating packaging of raw content into an appropriate form for easy distribution and tracking, protecting content for tamper-proof transmission, protecting content from unauthorized use and enabling specifications of suitable rights, which define the modes of content consumption. DRM systems also facilitate the delivery of content offline on CDs and DVDs; deliver content on-demand over peer-to-peer networks, enterprise networks, or the Internet; and provide ways of determining the authenticity of content and of rendering devices. Some of the popular controlled access techniques in use are encryption, electronic signature, digital watermarking etc.

Weekly Entertainment Law News: TikTok in Content Ownership Controversy, Musician Sues “Baby Shark” Producers, and more

Another Content Ownership Controversy for TikTok, Copyright Office: No License Required for Use of Songs in Marriages, Musician Sues “Baby Shark” Producers for Copyright Infringement, Producer Sues Drake for Copyright Infringement of Beats, RIAA Refuses to Share “Six-Strikes” Results with Cox, Eminem’s Publisher Sues Spotify for Copyright Infringement, and more. National News Another Content Ownership Controversy for TikTok Online video-sharing platform TikTok has found itself in the middle of a content ownership controversy yet again. TikTok had sent takedown notices to social networking platform ShareChat, asking ShareChat to remove content in which TikTok claimed copyright ownership.  However, ShareChat has sent   a letter to...

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Copyright and eCommerce Law News: Apple Sues Corellium for Copyright Infringement, YouTube Sues Copyright Troll for Extortion, US Govt Supports Led Zepplin in Infringement Case and more

Delhi HC Issues Order Against Piracy Sites; Season 2 of Netflix Original Sacred Games Subject to Rampant Piracy; Apple Sues Corellium for Copyright Infringement; YouTube Sues Copyright Troll for Extortion; US Govt Supports Led Zepplin in Infringement Case; Pakistan Bans Sale of Indian Film CDs; CBS and Viacom Merge to Form ViacomCBS; YouTube Updates Policy to Protect Content Creators from False Copyright Claims; Porsche Taycan to Stream Apple Music directly into the car; Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to be Restructured as e-Commerce Platform; Fintech Firm Suvidhaa to Enter E-Commerce Market; Bytedance Remodels Smartisan’s e-Commerce Platform and more. NATIONAL NEWS Delhi HC Issues Order...

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Is it Legal to Reverse Engineer the Engineered?

This image depicts the word Engineer written in the reverse way. This image is relevant as the issue here is whether is it legal to reverse engineer the engineered. Click on the image for more information

This post was first published on September 24, 2014.

 

Shoppers would agree with me when I say that while purchasing something, I need to feel a connect with it. Once I have found that connection, a feeling of possession sets in and I know that the article, which until recently was only lying in a shop somewhere, is now mine. This feeling of possession of an inanimate article may lead us to believe that anything can be done to it, which would legally be termed as personal property rights. These include the right to take the product apart, measure it, subject it to testing and so on. A question now arises – Can we Reverse Engineer and use something that has been engineered by someone else?

The controversy between Atari and Nintendo lays down most of the pre-Digital Millennium Copyright Act framework for the legal analysis of Reverse Engineering. In the late 1980s, the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was a major player in the video games market. The security mechanism on the NES, called 10-NES, prevented games from running on the system unless they contained a special chip and software. This security mechanism was used by Nintendo to push game developers into licensing contracts.

Court Gives ‘Mission Mangal’ the Green Signal, Copyright Infringement Suits against P&G and Lady Gaga, Amazon to Acquire Stake in Future Retail, and more

Copyright and Entertainment Laws News

‘Mission Mangal’ Gets Green Signal from Bombay High Court, Modi Government Plans to Ask YouTube to Pull Down Trailer of ‘Lynch Nation’, Upcoming Bollywood Release Batla House Faces Legal Trouble, RIAA Finds Widespread Infringement Through Online Retailers, Composer Sues P&G for Use of Whistle Tune in Old Spice Ads, Singer Accuses Lady Gaga of Copying Award-Winning Hit 'Shallow', Columbia University Sues for Ownership of Encyclopedia Iranica, Bundesliga and Athletia Partner Up to Tackle Piracy, Amazon to Acquire Stake in Future Retail, Alibaba Aims to Acquire NetEase’s E-Commerce Arm Kaola, Amazon Launches Marketplace Appstore for Sellers, and more. NATIONAL NEWS ‘Mission Mangal’ Gets...

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Twitch Bans Gamers for Streaming a Copyrighted Debate, Flipkart Enters the Video Streaming Market, Karigar Store-Latest Addition on the Amazon Website and more

Copyright and Entertainment Laws News

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is All Set to Monitor Digital Media; US Senate Judiciary Committee approves the Small-Claims Copyright Bill (CASE Act); Twitch Bans Gamers for Streaming a Copyrighted Debate; Flipkart Enters the Video Streaming Market; Facebook to Launch a Dedicated News Section; Karigar Store-Latest Addition on the Amazon Website; Fed-Ex Ends Partnership with Amazon and more. NATIONAL The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is All Set to Monitor Digital Media For the purpose of monitoring the media better, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry issued a notification on 7th August 2019, declaring that it is on the hunt for an agency for compiling...

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Court Limits the Scope of ‘Fair Dealing’ under Copyright law

Music Copyright

 This post was published on November 18, 2011. The Delhi High Court, in a recent decision, has held that usage of copyrighted works in television programmes such as an interview with the artist does not amount to fair dealing. Indian domestic television Channel India TV was sued by Super Cassettes and Yash Raj Films in two separate suits for infringing their copyrights. The two suits were clubbed since the defendant was the same and the cause of actions were substantially similar. India TV used certain songs and movie clips belonging to the plaintiffs in some of its television programmes and broadcasted...

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The Impact of Parallel Import of Copyright on Publishers in India in Light of Copyright Amendment Bill, 2010

Copyright, novels

This post was first published on May 27, 2011. Parallel Imports occurs when authentic products are imported cheaply, without the consent of the producer who has a Trade mark, Copyright, Patent or other intellectual property right in these products, with the aim to compete with the producer’s own products, which he himself had originally marketed abroad at a lower price. This amendment aims to foster enhanced competition amongst distributors and thereby enable Indian consumers and students to access a wider range of books at lower prices in a timely manner. Thus while parallel importers (local resellers) are sourcing legitimate genuine product...

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Netflix Finances Mumbai Based Digital Studio, Katy Perry Loses Copyright Battle, ByteDance to Launch its Search Engine in China and more

Copyright and Entertainment Laws News

COPYRIGHT STATISTICS There is a decrease of 1% in the total number of copyright applications filed for the month of July as compared to the month of June. A total of 1893 applications were filed in the month of July, 2019. The majority of applications were filed for literary works and artistic works.   Sl. No Type of Work Number of Application Filed in the Month of June 2019 Number of Application Filed in the Month of July 2019 Change Percentage Change 1 Literary/ Dramatic Work 1000 1099 99 Increase of 9% 2 Musical Work 607 0 607 Decrease of 100% 3 Artistic Work 604 498 106 Decrease of 17% 4 Cinematograph Work 47 17 30 Decrease of 63% 5 Sound Recording 111 154 43 Increase of 38% 6 Software 152 125 27 Decrease of 17 %   Total 1917 1893 24 Decrease of 1% ‘Judgementall Hain Kya’ Makers Accused of Copyright...

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