Category: Social Media Law

Weekly Copyright and Entertainment Law News: India lacks IP Expertise, Game of Thrones leaks, New South Wales government sued for royalties, Dr.Kalyan’s The Dravidian: God’s Own Tribe reviewed by Shalini Gopal and more weekly copyright and entertainment news

  Indian Copyright Statistics, IP related expertise lacking in India: Parrikar, Dr. Kalyan’s The Dravidian reviewed by Shalini (Book Reviews by Shalini),  New South Wales government sued for royalties,  Game of Thrones  Leaks carried out by former Iranian Military Hacker,  Amrita Pandey to head media distribution and OTT for Disney in SEA markets and more is presented […]

23 Nov

Social Media and IP (Part XI): Best Practices for Businesses

Social Media is an integral element of every business today, and no business can afford to ignore its relevance. From employee policies to business development, social media has a role to play in several business related activities. It is therefore important for companies to devise and follow legally acceptable standards and guidelines for handling business […]

20 Nov

Social Media and IP (Part X): Trade Secret Cases

Christou v. Beatport Christou owned night clubs, and Bradley was his employee. Bradley’s primary role was to find good DJs and organize events at Christou’s night clubs. By virtue of his role, Bradley had access to the MySpace account of Christou’s night club group. While working with Christou, Bradley founded Beatport and later left his […]

19 Nov

Social Media and Intellectual Property (Part IX): Select Publicity Rights Cases

This post provides short briefs of two publicity rights cases, which provide insights about publicity rights on social media. A previous post on the subject covered a couple of other cases. Ranveer Singh and Slippers Just before the movie Kill Dil, a Bollywood film starring Ranveer Singh, Govinda and others was released, a company by […]

18 Nov

Social Media and IP (Part VIII): Select Patent Cases

Yahoo V. Facebook In 2012, Yahoo sued Facebook claiming infringement of ten of its patents relating to methods and systems of advertising on Social Media. The suit was filed after Facebook announced its plans to go for IPO. Yahoo did the same thing to Google and acquired substantial amount of shares in the bargain. In […]

17 Nov

Social Media, IP and Business- A Presentation by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala

This presentation was delivered by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala as a part of a seminar on intellectual property, social media and business. The seminar was attended by IP professionals as well as corporates. The presentation entitled ‘Social Media IP and Business’ covered the following topics. Various types of IP on Social Media- Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade […]

17 Nov

Social Media and IP (Part VII): Trade Mark Cases

PINTEREST, v. PINTRIPS Pinterest, a social media platform, which allows users to upload content and share it through what it calls as ‘pins,’ filed a suit against Pintrips, a company that allows users to compare travel plans and flight prices. In its suit, Pinterest claimed that it owns trade mark rights with respect to the […]

16 Nov

Social Media and Intellectual Property (Part VI): Select Copyright Cases

This post briefs three copyright cases that provide insights into copyright issues with respect to content posted on Social Media platforms. Scrabble v. Scrabulous In 2008, two Indians Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, launched a Facebook App called ‘Scrabulous.’ It was a word game similar to Scrabble. Initially Mattel, and later Hasbrow, right holders of the […]

15 Nov

Social Media and Intellectual Property (IP): Part V – Publicity Rights and Celebrity Rights

Social Media can make or break a personality. Most public figures from film stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Will Smith, Aishwarya Rai, etc., to political leaders like Narendra Modi, Barack Obama, etc., are very active on Social Media. While on one hand, Social Media enables celebrities gain popularity, on the other hand, a celebrity’s activities on […]

14 Nov

Social Media and Intellectual Property (IP): Part IV – Taking Down Infringing Content

Taking down IP infringing content on Social Media platforms is today a well-established process. All Social Media platforms have DMCA take down mechanisms in place. In line with the law, they have specific email ids and forms to enable IP owners raise disputes and take down content. Terms and Conditions of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter […]