Entertainment Trademark News, International Copyright Updates, Merchandising and more

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Recent Copyright Cases, Entertainment Trademark News, International Copyright Updates, Entertainment and Copyright Licensing and Merchandizing, Copyright thought of the week and more, presented by the Media & Entertainment law attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s Premier New Age IP Firm.

Copyright Thought of the Week

“Entertainment Law is not as Entertaining as Entertainment” 
Dr. Kalyan C Kankanala

Recent Copyright Cases

  • Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) vs. Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt Ltd

ZEEL filed a Copyright infringement suit before the Bombay High Court claiming that it’s popular show, ‘India’s Best Dramebaaz’, a televised talent hunt for child actors in the 5-12 year age group has been illicitly copied by Sony.  ZEEL says Sony has infringed its copyright in its concept note and ‘production bible’. Court dismissed the notice of motion stating that the submitted evidences fails to prove any similarities between both the shows. The court further stated that the ambit of both the shows are fairly distinct.

Entertainment Trademark News and Updates

  • Beckhams gets their daughter’s name registered as a trademark

Beckhams have trademarked their 5-year-old daughter’s name Harper which is the most recent addition to the Beckham brand empire that has been estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The name is trademarked for exclusive commercial use and for the use in the entertainment industry.

  • Blac Chyna denied the trademark registration for the name Kardashian

Angela Renee White professionally known as Blac Chyna, an American model and entrepreneur had applied for a trademark registration for the name ‘Angela Renee Kardashian’ before her wedding with Rob Kardashian to gain exclusive ownership of the name for her brand related business ventures. Kardashian sisters, the trio had opposed the trademark application claiming that they will “suffer damage including irreparable injury to their reputation and goodwill” if the application is granted. The Court favoured the Kardashian sisters and rejected Blac Chyna’s trademark petition.

International Copyright Updates

  • Infringement of Copyright against Ed Sheeran settled out of court

Last June, the songwriters of the song “Amazing” filed an infringement suit claiming damages to the tune of 14 million pounds against singer Ed Sheeran for copying note by note of their tune in his song “Photograph”. A California judge has confirmed that the case has been dismissed as the parties have settled the issue out of court.

  • Copyright infringement lawsuit against Demi Lovato gets settled

Sleigh Bells had filed a Copyright infringement in the year 2016 before the California Federal Court al