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Protecting Celebrity Rights Through Trademark & Copyright Laws

Intellectual Property

  The happiness of fans of English football club ,Manchester United knew no bounds when Jose Mourinho, the famous Portuguese football coach was selected as their manager for the next three seasons.  However the official announcement regarding the same took some time . The reason for such delay is quite interesting. The trademark of JOSE MOURINHO in around seven categories (as per NICE classification) was held by Chelsea Football Club. Mourinho was the manager of Chelsea in two brief stints i.e from 2004 to 2007 and 2013 to 2015. In the first stint, his rise in the popularity graph was steep...

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Super Cassettes Industries v. Myspace Inc and Anr.

This post was first published on August 6th, 2011.   Brief Facts: The Plaintiff - Super Cassettes Industries, is involved in the business of music distribution and film producing. The plaintiff claims to be the owner of several sound recordings, cinematograph films, songs, etc, they also claim to possess 20,000 non-film Hindi songs and 50,000 songs in various regional languages. It is largely dependent on the exploitation of its copyright, as this exploitation benefits the plaintiff monetarily enabling it to carry on its various business activities. The plaintiff claims that exploitation of its copyright is done by granting public performance licenses by it,...

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KYUNKI SAAS BHI KABHI BAHU THI Vs. TIDE- Rights in a Cinematographic Work

This post was first published on October 4th, 2011. Star India Private Limited v. Leo Burnett (India) Private Limited Facts: Star India Pvt. Ltd. (plaintiff) is doing the business of acquiring copyrights in cinematograph films, television serials, programs, and also producing and commissioning the production of television programmes for various television channels. These programs enjoy tremendous popularity amongst viewers in India and abroad. Star India Pvt. Ltd. also had acquired the copyright of famous T.V. serial produced by Balaji Telefilms Pvt. Ltd., named, “KUNKI SAAS BHI KABHI BAHU THI” to create, compose and produce 262 episodes of it and became exclusive owners of...

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India and Right of Publicity

The image shows a graffiti stating "There is no such thing as good publicity". The post is about publicity wars. Click on image to view post.

This post was first published on November 13th, 2011. “Right of Publicity” is a common reference to "Personality rights". It is a right of an individual to control the commercial use of his or her name, image, likeness or identity. It is generally considered a property right as opposed to a personal right. In most of the countries, the Right of Publicity is recognized under statutes. According to John Lock, “the economic value of identity should be allocated to the celebrity individual because the value is primarily the result of the celebrity’s labor”. The unjust enrichment consideration theory treats misappropriation of identity...

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Online Piracy: A Convenient Crime

The image has a "STOP" written in it to depict anti-piracy intentions. The post is about a US District Court decision which stopped a popular download website that was infringing copyright. Click on image to view post.

This post was first published on March 8th, 2012. Recently a US District Court ordered shut down of the popular file-sharing site www.megaupload.com after the US government accused the site of pocketing more than $175 million by sharing pirated films, books, music and software files. Kim Dotcom, the founder of the site was arrested in New Zealand and his Auckland mansion with a fleet of luxury cars was put on display. The US Government has alleged that the estimated loss to copyright owners and publishers accounts for more than $500 million. It is a startling fact that a single website could generate...

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Madras HC Lifts TikTok Ban, Complaint Against ‘Mental Hai Kya’, and more

Madras High Court Lifts Ban on TikTok App; Indian Psychiatric Society Files Complaint Against 'Mental Hai Kya'; Piracy Lead to Increase in My Fan Base in China: Aamir Khan; Kalank Leaked on Tamilrockers Soon After Release; US Court: Site Owner Not Vicariously Liable for Developer’s Infringement; Photographer Sues McGarryBowen and Clorox for Copyright Infringement; MTVA to Sue Dutch Political Party for Copyright Infringement; EFF Intervenes in Stream-Ripping Court Battle; Game of Thrones Episode Leaked and Viewed 55 Million Times in 24 Hours Before Release; Bumblebee Movie Helps Boost Hasbro; ‘Spiderman: Far From Home’ Collaborates with Doritos for Worldwide Promotions; Eros...

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30 Torrent Sites Blocked, Notices to Makers of Tashkent Files and Dabangg 3, Avengers Playmoji, and more

  Delhi High Court Restrains 30 Torrent Sites from Uploading Copyright Content; ‘Tashkent Files’ Maker Gets Legal Notice; Archaeological Society Sends Notice to Dabangg 3 Makers; Tweet Reporting DMCA Takedown Mishandling Gets Take Down Notice, Starz Apologises ; US Court: Wilful Action Required for Copyright Violation; Amazon to Launch Ad-Supported Music Streaming Service to Rival Spotify; Google Collaborates with Marvel Studios to Bring Avengers Endgame Playmoji on Pixel 3; CD Baby Partners with Audible Magic to Spot Copyright Infringement, and more. Copyright Quote I think that the use of copyright is going to change dramatically. Part of it is economics. There is just...

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EC Issues Notices to TV Channels, Stalls Modi Biopic; Twitter Removes Trump Tweet; GoT Final Season Merchandise, and more

Filmmakers Issue Notice to Sunil Shetty for Interfering in Daughter Athiya’s Film, PVR Approaches SEBI against Screwvala Tweets, EC Issues Notice to Zee TV and &TV for Promoting Govt Schemes, EC Stalls Release of Modi Biopic, Twitter Removes Trump’s Video Citing Copyright Infringement, Rappers TeeFlii and 2 Chainz Face Copyright Infringement Charges, Reddit to Mass Delete Content from Piracy Thread, Vodafone Ireland to Follow ‘Three-Strike’ Policy for Infringers of Copyright, Viacom’s Pluto TV Scores 700 Hours of Content in Latest Deal with BBC Studios, Amazon Looks to Expand Latest Video Streaming Product, Cinepolis Hosts India’s First Movie Marathon, Game of...

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Election Commission Clears ‘PM Narendra Modi’ Biopic, Ban on TikTok App in India and more

  Election Commission Clears 'PM Narendra Modi' Biopic, Directs CBFC to Decide, High Court Rejects PIL Seeking Ban on PM Narendra Modi’s Biopic, Madras HC Asks Centre to Issue Ban on TikTok App, Lucifer Leaked Online Soon After Release, Twitter Accused of Censorship After Takedown of Anti-Abortion Movie Account, Mercedes Strongly Defends Street Art Infringement Claims, Ulta Sued Using Artist’s Work to Sell Face Masks, Urban Outfitters Faces Copyright Infringement Claim Over Gender-Neutral Fragrances, Game of Thrones Creators Ink Licensing Deal with Whiskey Company,Sony Sells Stake in Crackle and Invests in Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and more COPYRIGHT QUOTE  The copy...

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EC Notice to Makers of Modi Film, EU Approves Copyright Directive, Nike Wins ‘Jumpman’ Suit, AI Music, and more

EC Issues Notice to Makers of film ‘PM Narendra Modi’, Kesari Leaked Online One Day After Release, PUBG Mobile Users Receive ‘Healthy Reminder’, EU Approves New Copyright Rules, Peloton Removes Workout Videos as USD 150 Million Suit Looms, PUBG and NETEASE Settle “Battle Royale” Copyright Lawsuit, Nike Wins 'Jumpman' Copyright Infringement Suit, Record Labels Sue Charter for Non-Action Against Music Pirates, Spotify Acquires Parcast to Expand Original Podcast Content , Warner Music Signs Deal for AI-produced Music, and more. Copyright Quote I oppose piracy and want to see intellectual property protected because that is what fosters and rewards innovation. – Jared Polis National News EC...

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