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Weekly Copyright, Media, and Entertainment Law Updates

This week’s copyright, media, and entertainment law updates are as below: Kerala District Court Issues Injunction Order Against ‘Varaha Roopam’ The Palakkad District Court in Kerala, issuing an injunction order in the copyright infringement suit against the song ‘Varaha Roopam’ of the superhit Kannada film ‘Kantara’, restrained the producer- Hombale Films, the director- Rishabh Shetty, the distributor in Kerala- Prithviraj Productions Pvt. Ltd., and streaming platforms from exhibiting, streaming, distributing or communicating to the public the film Kantara with the synchronised…

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Weekly Copyright, Media, and Entertainment Law Updates

This week’s copyright, media and entertainment law updates are as below: Slovenia Implements EU Directives on Copyright Law Protecting Author’s Right in Cinematographic Works The National Assembly in Slovenia, amending the Copyright and Related Rights Act and the Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights Act, has adopted provisions from two EU Directives on Copyright in to Slovenian legislation. The Ministry of Economic Development and Technology in the process of drafting and legislating the amendments, had held public debates, gathered suggestions…

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Weekly Anti-Trust and Privacy Updates

Weekly Anti-trust and Privacy Updates

The anti-trust and privacy updates for this week are as follows:- Inter-ministerial Task Force to regulate and prepare guidelines for Online Gaming Inter-ministerial Task Force (IMTF) for online gaming recommends drawing up guidelines for Online Gaming platforms to prevent fraud and illegitimate activities. The IMTF also recommends amending the Information Technology act, 2000, to include regulation of online gaming platforms similar to the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code and to include caps on the spending limits. The recommendations face…

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Weekly Trademark Updates

This week’s trademark updates are as follows: Hero MotoCorp gets permission to use Hero as the trademark for EV business Hero MotoCorp led by Pawan  Munjal gets permission for electric vehicles under the trademark Hero by the arbitration tribunal appointed by the Delhi High Court. The dispute was between two factions of the Munjal family group. Hero electric filed an application for an interim injunction against Hero MotoCorp for using HERO for the electric vehicles. The tribunal refused to grant an…

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Accessibility of Intermediary Services to Persons with Disabilities – Proposed Amendments to IT Rules

A. Background On 6th June, 2022, the Ministry of Electronics and IT,  Government of India, published a press note sharing the Proposed Draft Amendments to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (hereinafter referred to as “IT Rules, 2021”), and sought comments and suggestions from the  stakeholders with respect to the proposed rules. As stated in the press note, two important principles that underlie the proposed amendments are: “The Internet should be Open, Safe &…

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Draft IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules Published for comments by MeitY

On 6th June, 2022, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY), released a press note inviting public feedback and comments on the ‘Proposed draft amendment to the IT Rules, 2021’. Comments/suggestions on the draft amendment may be shared via email to dhawal.gupta@meity.gov.in and notan.roy@meity.gov.in  in either MS Word (or compatible format) or machine readable PDF format by 6th July, 2022. A formal public consultation meeting is expected to be arranged by Mid-June, the details of which should be notified…

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Take Down of Infringing Content from Telegram

DocTutorials Edutech Private Limited v. Telegram FZ-LLC & Ors., Decided by Delhi High Court, on 25th January, 2022. A suit was filed by the Plaintiff against unknown Defendants No. 5 & 6 (referred to as John Doe), as well as any other persons associated with them, for releasing its the paid content  on a platform run by Defendants No. 1 & 2, i.e., Telegram. The Plaintiff Company provided online content for medical entrance exam preparations, through their website and mobile applications, and…

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Comments and Suggestion on the Proposed eCommerce Rules

Comments & Suggestions on the Proposed E-Commerce Rules (2021)

Background On 23rd July, 2020 the Central Government had notified the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020. The Department of Consumer Affairs on 21st June, 2021 published the proposed amendments to Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 and had sought views/ comments/ suggestions to be sent within 15 days, i.e., by 6th July, 2021 by email to js-ca@nic.in. Later the last date was extended to 21st July, 2021. Structure The comments, suggestions and inputs have been provided in two parts. The first part…

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Xinuos Inc. sues IBM and Red Hat, Amazon defends itself amidst rising Anti-trust scrutiny, CCI investigates WhatsApp’s Privacy Policy update and more.

Xinuos Inc. sues IBM and Red Hat, Big Tech Chinese Firms scrutinized by Anti-trust Regime, The FTC forms international group for monitoring Pharma mergers, Amazon defends itself amidst rising Anti-trust scrutiny, Facebook’s suffers massive user data breach revealing sensitive data, CCI investigates WhatsApp’s Privacy Policy update and Balancing Privacy and Surveillance through COVID-19 lockdowns. Xinuos Inc. sues IBM and Red Hat Xinuos, Inc., which is an American software company, has filed a copyright infringement and antitrust lawsuit against IBM and…

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The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021- A Brief Note

The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021- A Brief Note The Government of India through the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MietY) has recently issued a notification, for implementing the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (2021 Rules). Apart from its application to intermediaries as defined under section 2(w) of the Information Technology Act, 2000, the new rules are applicable to Social Media Intermediaries (SMIs), Significant Social Media…

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