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No more Free Porn, Malibu Media

  Malibu Media runs a website X-art.com, which hosts short erotic films. It is a subscription based website and claims to have more than seven hundred erotic videos. The website claims to host videos of gorgeous models from USA, Europe, South America, etc. Subscription plans on the website range from 19.95 dollars to 99.95 dollars.   Sometime in 2011, Malibu Media realized that the business is not growing owing to wide spread piracy of its videos on Bit Torrents and by other…

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Happy Eid al-Adha – Biryani Patents

Hello fellow foodies! What a day it is, Eid Mubarak to all our readers! Eid is known as the festival of sacrifice that marks  the end of Haj, and the cuisine is a very important part of the celebrations. Biryani, sevyian, sheer khurma and other delectable dishes make Eid a very special day for food connoisseurs. So, on this day we bring to you a couple of patents claiming inventive, healthy preparations, from China and USA. CN102726685A/en Muslim fast food grabbing rice and…

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Letter to the PM against Software patenting

On September 15, 2015 several civil society organizations, institutions and citizens submitted a joint letter to the PMO expressing their concerns over the “Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions (CRIs)” issued by the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks on 21st August, 2015. Some of the noted Institutions and Organizations included in this letter are IIT Bombay, C-DAC, IIM Bangalore, Alternative Law Forum, Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore , National Working Group on Patent…

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Dr. Kalyan delivers the keynote address at Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore’s IP for Start-ups program

Dr. Kalyan was the featured speaker at the recently held “IP for Start-ups” program at the Nadathur S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). This presentation was part of the 4Startups series conducted by NSRCEL for start-ups. In his presentation Dr. Kalyan spoke about the value of IP for startups, and various steps a startup must take to identify, protect and commercialize its IP assets. He also provided a framework on intellectual property to…

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The image is a picture of a monkey. The image is relevant as the post is about the copyright over a picture taken by a monkey. Click on image to view post.

The Monkey Returns!

First there was the selfie and then came the Monkey Selfie. Who can forget the series of selfies taken by the six-year-old crested macaque Naruto, who was singlehandedly responsible for the selfie evolution. A place which evens the selfie stick couldn’t take. To jog you memory, here is a brief back ground- English photographer David John Slater, on a trip to the Indonesian National Park, had left his camera without any supervision. The camera landed in the hands of Naruto,…

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You Are Free to Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ – Warner’s Copyright Claim Rejected

  'Happy Birthday' song is considered to be the most sung song in the world. The song is not only rendered on birthdays, but also captured in various forms such as sound recordings, videos, etc. A search on YouTube with the phrase, 'Happy Birthday', yields About 3,770,000 results, indicating its popularity. The 'Happy Birthday' song includes two elements, lyrics and musical composition. Simply put, it includes the words and the tune.     Warner/Chappell Music was claiming copyright ownership of the lyrics, and…

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Intellepedia - IP News Updates

Entertainment Law: The joke isn’t funny anymore

Man of a thousand impressions, Kapil Sharma, is back in the news. But this time it isn’t because of his rib-tickling jokes or hilarious antics. His Bollywood debut “Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon” (“KKPK” for brevity) has landed in legal trouble, with its release date right around the corner. The film stars Kapil Sharma, Arbaaz Khan and Varun Sharma in lead roles and is directed by Abbas-Mustan. The production house responsible for the Kannada film Nimbe Huli has filed a complaint…

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Can I Use your Photo in my Blog? – Copyright V. Fair Use

In a recent decision by the 11th Circuit Court in USA, Katz v. Chevaldina, the question of whether using a photograph to criticize a person's business activities amounted to copyright infringement was raised. The Court answered that it was not copyright infringement, but amounted to fair use as the use was for criticism and transformative. The Court also pointed out that the use lacked any commercial advantage to the blogger, and was strictly meant for criticism. Brief background is as…

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Gilead, IPA, Natco & The Bells of Harmony

  Pharmaceutical industries seem to be making headlines this season. Over the past few weeks there have been numerous news reports with respect to the pharmaceutical industry, SiNApSE alone has covered many of these in its earlier blog posts. The issues range from rejection of patent applications based on the ever so controversial section 3(d) as observed in the case of Pfizer’s drug “Tofacitinib” to the resurrection of the nightmare of many pharmaceutical companies, namely “the COMPULSORY LICENSE” as seen in…

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