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Weekly Copyright News: T-Series Gets Infringement Notice, ‘#MeToo’ Filmmaker Challenges CBFC, GTA V Infringer Settles, and more

Filmmaker Sends Notice to T-Series for Khandaani Shafakhana;  '#MeToo' Filmmaker Challenges CBFC Order to Change Movie Name; MEITy Clarifies TOI Headline Threatening Twitter; GTA V Copyright Infringer Agrees to Settlement; Marc Jacobs Requests Dismissal of Nirvana’s Smiley Face Logo Lawsuit; VidAngel Liable for Wilful Copyright Infringement; Artists Temporarily Drop ‘Fortnite’ Charges after SCOTUS Ruling; Netflix Dives into Anime Craze with Numerous Japanese Studio Partnerships; Citizen Watches Collaborates with Captain Marvel, Sponsors World Premiere; Disney And Accenture Create Unique ‘Dumbo’ Posters; Dailymotion Collaborates with NBA G League to Provide Premium Sports Content, Copyright Tip of the Week, and more. Copyright Quote Of all...

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Weekly Copyright News: Cinematograph Act Amendment, Facebook to Make Political Ads Transparent, No Removal of Explicit Streaming Content, EU Agrees on Copyrights, Fiji Counter-sues, and more

Cabinet Approves Cinematograph Amendment to Curb Piracy, Delhi HC Dismisses Plea Seeking Removal of Explicit Streaming Content, Facebook to Increase Transparency of Political Ads, Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of ‘Extortion and Blackmail’, EU Negotiates Agreement on Copyright Rules, ‘GTA V’ Cheats Cost Creator USD 150,000 in Damages, Fiji Water Counter-sues Viral Fiji Water Girl, PV Sindhu Signs Lucrative 50 Crore Deal with Chinese Sports Brand, McFarlane Toys Inks Deal for DC Superhero Toys, Kiss and Emoji Collaborate, BMG to License Music through SESAC in India, Copyright Tip of the Week, and more. Copyright Quote When you have wit of your own, it's a pleasure to credit other people for theirs. - Criss...

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Cricket Pitch Patent

This post was fist published on March 26, 2011. Cricket is a sport which originated in England and slowly spread across the world. At present more than 100 countries play cricket as per ICC rules. This gentlemen's game is most popular among commonwealth nations but it still has to gain popularity in other parts of the world like sports such as football, tennis, etc. Cricket lovers keep organizing cricket matches at different venues to promote the game. In Aug 2009, some players including Kapil Dev played cricket on snow at an altitude of 3,454 meters above sea level on Jungfrau Mountain...

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Rain Ball for uninterrupted Cricket Games

This post was first published on 3rd March 2011. Every cricket fan around the world must be enjoying cricket’s biggest festival - World Cup 2011. If we look at the cricket calendar, we come to know that the number of cricket matches played nowadays has increased staggeringly.  Cricket is played throughout the year in different forms i.e. Test, ODI, 20-20 and so on. Due to this some of the cricket tournaments have to be scheduled during monsoon time as well. Rain has always been an invincible force against cricket game.  Cricket is considered as a religion in India having vast followers,...

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Cricket – A Batsman’s Game (Mangoose Bat Patent)

This post was first published on 28th February, 2011. Nowadays, cricket is believed to be a batsman’s game. When people start playing cricket, they usually prefer to try their hands on batting more than bowling and fielding. This passion towards batting is one of the main reasons why today cricket pitches are mostly flat and batsman friendly. The international cricketers are no exception and they have tried various things with their bat to improve their batting performance, some of them were also in the midst of controversies. Controversies related to bat started in the match between Surrey v Hampshire on September 1771, when...

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Copyright: Public Domain in Copyright Regime: Facilitating Right to Know

This post was first published on March 16, 2010. Contributed by Professor Madabhushi Sridhar The interface between the right to know and limited monopoly over creative expressions to the authentic owner represent conflicts of interests. Proprietorial concerns on one hand and the social interests on the other need to be reconciled in almost every area where individual rights conflict with social concerns. If the copyright is considered as an extension of the right of speech and expression, it contradicts another fundamental right, i.e., right to know which was read into right to life under article 21. Recently the right to education, in...

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IP Courses: Sports Law Course at NLSIU

Sports Authority of India NSSC, Bangalore and National Law School of India University are jointly organising a “Skills Development Programme on Sports Law” at the International Training Centre, National Law School of India University. The duration of the course is from 5th Oct to 10th Oct, 2015. The course should be attended by lawyers and students who want to pursue a career in Sports Law in the future, sports industry professionals, representatives of governing bodies academician interested in sports law. Sports law being a multifaceted law, deriving its source various traditional laws like constitutional law, contract law, intellectual property law, competition...

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Trademarks: Homage to Rocky Race – MGM alleges Trademark Infringement

The image depicts the Rocky statue from Philadelphia. This post is about the trademark battle for the 'Rocky' mark. Click on the image to read the full post.

MGM Studios, producers of popular film series, Rocky, have issued a Cease and Desist letter against a US resident who has organized a 50 kilometer race in homage to one of the Rocky films. The race titled ‘Rocky 50k Fat Ass Run’ was organized by one, Rebecca Schaefer, who has been told by producers of the film that the title of the race infringes the trademark belonging to the movie studio. In the letter addressed to Ms. Schaefer, MGM Studios demanded the removal of any reference to the boxer and barring dissemination of any material related to Rocky.

The race, which draws inspiration from the second movie in the series, is based in Philadelphia and covers 31 miles (50 kilometres). Though the first race was a huge success without any interference from the film studio, MGM has presently tried to stop the second edition of the race which is due to take place on December 6, 2014. This action comes shortly after the debut of a new Rocky Balboa Run organized by Chicago based Cerulean Sports Group and licensed by MGM.

Patent: Goal Line Technology has finally kicked in!

The wait is finally over! FIFA 2014 Football World Cup is at our doorstep. Football, being the most favorite sport in the world, has a fan following of billions and the FIFA Cup itself is arguably the most important title a soccer playing nation can aspire to.

32 countries divided into 8 groups are fighting to win the prestigious title this year and Brazil plays the additional role of host. A total of 64 matches are to be played across 12 cities in the country. This edition of the World Cup is special, as FIFA has decided to use the power of technology to assist referees in decision making. FIFA 2014 will be known as the first ever Football World Cup to use “Goal Line Technology”.

IP News Updates, 12th October 2012

PATENTS The case against patents Tech Giants Gather to Discuss Patent Peace Software and Patents Still a Mess, 14 Years On Patent trolls responsible for growing number of lawsuits, new data shows Supreme Court to Rule on Patents for Self-Replicating Products Will Apple Buy Nokia's Patents, at Least? Innovation fears over smartphone 'patent wars' TRADEMARKS SRK to be a trademark! Philly Cheesesteak Trademark Case Pits Campo's Deli Against U.S. Patent Office Deli Sues Trademark Office Over Apostrophe Cadbury accused of trying to trademark purple wrappers in row with church over Fairtrade chocolate COPYRIGHTS How Microsoft's Copyright Claim Went Awry Indicted Megaupload founder plans site reboot Denver federal lawsuit alleges Disney stole comic book copyrights Judge Says Fair...

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