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Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence releases Joint Statement

The founding members of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) have recently issued a joint statement announcing the creation of the GPAI. In the statement the member countries have emphasised on their support to ensure that artificial intelligence will be developed in a manner that is human-centric. The document elaborates on the various organisations that GPAI will be collaborating with and also specifies the themes of each of these projects.

A copy of the notice may be accessed here.

MEITY Issues Protocols for COVID-19 Mobile App Arogya Setu

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued a notification, with regard to the protocols to be followed for accessing data  and sharing knowledge on the Arogya Setu mobile application. This application has been developed as a solution to facilitate the contact tracing of persons who are affected with the COVID-19 disease, thereby curbing the spread of the same in India. In order to ensure that the application is used effectively, the government has issued directions for the secure collection of data from the public and the subsequent implementation of these protocols, which need to be strictly adhered to, by the citizens.

A copy of the notice may be accessed here.

MHA Issues Advisory for Secure Use of Zoom Platform

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an advisory with regard to the secure use of Zoom meeting platform, especially by private individuals. The advisory states that the platform should not be used by Government officers/officials for official purposes and refers to the earlier advisories of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team(Cert-In) stating that Zoom is not a safe platform. The MHA has issued certain guidelines to safeguard private individuals who would still like to use the platform for private purposes.

A copy of the advisory may be accessed here.

MeitY issues COVID-19 advisory to social media platforms

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued an advisory to all social media platforms warning them of the misinformation being spread with regard to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since social media platforms are intermediaries as defined under the Information Technology Act, 2000, they have been directed by MeitY to follow the Intermediary Guidelines, as prescribed under the Act and inform their users to refrain from sharing or uploading anonymous data that could affect public order or be unlawful in any way.

A copy of the advisory may be accessed here.

Public Notice issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has issued a Public Notice in reference to the advisory issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, as part of the precautionary measures to be taken for the COVID-19 pandemic. The rapid spread of the disease, has led to all the stakeholders raising concerns, due to which all hearings relating to copyright matters scheduled from 17.03.2020 to 31.03.2020 have been adjourned. These cases will be rescheduled in due course of time.

A copy of the notice may be accessed here.


Authored and compiled by  Neharika Vhatkar (Associate, BananaIP Counsels)

Recent updates from the Copyright Office are brought to you jointly by the Entertainment Law and Consulting/Strategy Divisions of BananaIP Counsels, a Top IP Firm in India. If you have any questions, or need any clarifications, please write to [email protected]  with the subject:  Copyright Office Updates

Disclaimer: Please note that these case updates have been put together from different sources, primary and secondary, and BananaIP’s reporters may not have verified all the decisions published in the bulletin. You may write to [email protected]  for corrections and take down.

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