SC Set Aside Padmaavat’s Ban, Dragon Box’s Copyright Trouble, Patanjali’s Expansion Plans and More Weekly Copyright and Entertainment Law News and Updates
Indian Copyright Statistics, Padmaavat’s Ban Set Aside by the Supreme Court, Netflix and Amazon Sue Dragon Box, Patanjali Partners with E-commerce Brands and more is presented by the Copyright and Entertainment Law Attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s Premier New Age IP Firm
COPYRIGHT QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Will states ever stop interfering with free speech and expression based on political bias” – Dr. Kalyan C Kankanala
INDIAN COPYRIGHT STATISTICS
There was an increase of 7.09% in the total number of copyright filings compared to the last week. A total of 248 applications were filed for copyright registration during the last week. While most of the applications were filed for literary works and no application was filed for registering Sound Recordings.
|Sr. No||Types of work||Number of Applications previous week||Number of Applications this week||Percentage change|
INDIAN COPYRIGHTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW UPDATES
SUPREME COURT SET ASIDE THE BAN ON RELEASE OF PADMAVAAT
The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside the orders passed by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic drama Padmaavat. The film was earlier banned by these governments citing law and order issues. Viacom 18, the producers of this film had approached the Apex Court challenging the ban. Harish Salve, the Senior Advocate representing Viacom 18 stated that “ If somebody has a problem (with the film), then he or she can approach appellate tribunal for relief. The state cannot touch the content of a film. We request the central government to pass a direction to the states for a better and effective step and solution” reported ANI. Lifting the ban against the film, the Apex Court said that it is the duty and obligation of the state to maintain law and order and it cannot use its machinery to prohibit a film’s exhibition citing risk to public order, The Hindu reported.
INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW UPDATES
Netflix and Amazon Sue Dragon Box
Netflix and Amazon have joined other major studios against the makers of Dragon Box, an internet streaming device. The lawsuit filed in California alleges that Dragon Box enables access to infringing content. The suit is seeking unspecified amounts as damages and an injunction restraining the sale of Dragon Box devices.
LICENSING AND MERCHANDISING UPDATES
Patanjali Partners with E-commerce Brands
Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda has announced the expansion of its e-commerce operation. The FMCG brand entered into agreements with Amazon, Flipkart, ShopClues, PayTm Mall, 1MG, NetMed, Bigbasket and Grofers to sell its products on their platforms. “We believe our partnerships with e-commerce platforms will help increase the reach of Patanjali products to more and more consumers in urban and rural regions,” Baba Ramdev said in a statement.
COPYRIGHT TIP OF THE WEEK
E-Commerce and Contracts
Selling products on e-commerce portals requires measures and contracts that are specially tailor-made for the purpose. Every seller must have terms and conditions with respect to their products that are not only specific to the products but also add to the terms and conditions of the e-commerce portal or the market place.
Author: BIP’s Copyright and Entertainment Law Attorneys
Led by Sanjeeth Hegde, Senior Partner, the entertainment law attorneys at BIP are among the well-known lawyers in the field. They work with clients such as Yash Raj Films, Dharma Productions, Ananda Audio, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh, and Arka Media (Producer of Bahu Bali). BIP’s entertainment law team helps clients protect, manage and effectively license and merchandise their creative works such as films, music, brands and other content, to maximize financial returns.
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