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Spotify Loses Saregama Content, Nora Roberts Sues Author for Plagiarism, Mattel Expands Disney and Pixar Toy Collection, and more

Spotify Removes Saregama Content, MEITy Announces Fintech Awards for Promoting Digital Payments, Nora Roberts Sues Brazilian Author for Copyright Infringement, Mattel Expands Global Licensing Agreements with Disney and Pixar,Bitmax Signs Licensing Agreement with MTonomy, Twitter Inks New Content Deals with ESPN, Viacom and more Copyright Quote "Copyrights do not and cannot trump publicity rights, they are mutually exclusive" - Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala Copyright Statistics There is an increase of 12% in the total number of copyright applications filed for the month of March as compared to the month of February. A total of 1731 applications were filed in the month of April, 2019....

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30 Torrent Sites Blocked, Notices to Makers of Tashkent Files and Dabangg 3, Avengers Playmoji, and more

  Delhi High Court Restrains 30 Torrent Sites from Uploading Copyright Content; ‘Tashkent Files’ Maker Gets Legal Notice; Archaeological Society Sends Notice to Dabangg 3 Makers; Tweet Reporting DMCA Takedown Mishandling Gets Take Down Notice, Starz Apologises ; US Court: Wilful Action Required for Copyright Violation; Amazon to Launch Ad-Supported Music Streaming Service to Rival Spotify; Google Collaborates with Marvel Studios to Bring Avengers Endgame Playmoji on Pixel 3; CD Baby Partners with Audible Magic to Spot Copyright Infringement, and more. Copyright Quote I think that the use of copyright is going to change dramatically. Part of it is economics. There is just...

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Election Commission Clears ‘PM Narendra Modi’ Biopic, Ban on TikTok App in India and more

  Election Commission Clears 'PM Narendra Modi' Biopic, Directs CBFC to Decide, High Court Rejects PIL Seeking Ban on PM Narendra Modi’s Biopic, Madras HC Asks Centre to Issue Ban on TikTok App, Lucifer Leaked Online Soon After Release, Twitter Accused of Censorship After Takedown of Anti-Abortion Movie Account, Mercedes Strongly Defends Street Art Infringement Claims, Ulta Sued Using Artist’s Work to Sell Face Masks, Urban Outfitters Faces Copyright Infringement Claim Over Gender-Neutral Fragrances, Game of Thrones Creators Ink Licensing Deal with Whiskey Company,Sony Sells Stake in Crackle and Invests in Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and more COPYRIGHT QUOTE  The copy...

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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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RIO 2016 and Trademarks

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  The Rio Olympics, 2016 are in full swing and this news might serve as a warning to large number of brands throughout the globe. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) have warned both the athletes and the businesses who are not official sponsors of the Olympics, against using the Olympic trademarks in their marketing campaigns or on any other kind of forums, particularly social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. This might be understood as a step taken by the IOC and USOC to strengthen the Olympic brand. In order to increase the value of...

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Latest updates in Copyright case decisions

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Jury clears Led Zeppelin’s "Stairway to Heaven" from copyright infringement claim A lawsuit alleging copyright infringement was brought against Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin group  by Michael Skidmore. He alleged that there were similarities between the opening chords for 1971 song Stairway To Heaven  and a composition called Taurus  which was released four years earlier by a band called Spirit. The US District Judge Gary Klausner had ruled in April that “Stairway to Heaven” bore “substantial” similarities with “Taurus”. However, the jury found that the two songs were not “substantially similar”. This decision of the Jury was welcomed by the musicians and...

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Net Neutrality wins: How TRAI empowered the consumers

  In a major win to net neutrality advocates the telecom watchdog Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) barred telecom service providers from charging differential rates for data services, which put an end to the robust Free Basics service marketing launched by Facebook and Airtel Zero platform by Airtel in its present form. TRAI, sensing the need of the hour based on the huge cry for net neutrality by its activists and Facebook’s robust marketing of its ambitious project Free Basics, had released a consultation paper inviting comments from stakeholders on whether service providers should be allowed to have "differential pricing for...

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Social Media and IP : Part XI – Best Practices for Businesses

  Social Media is an integral element of every business today, and no business can afford to ignore its relevance. From employee policies to business development, social media has a role to play in several business related activities. It is therefore important for companies to devise and follow legally acceptable standards and guidelines for handling business activities on social media. This note outlines some best practices from the Intellectual Property, privacy and publicity perspectives. Devise and Implement a Social Media Policy In this age of social media, every company must have a social media policy. A policy that outlines what role social media...

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Social Media and Intel (Part IX): Select Publicity Rights Cases

This post provides short briefs of two publicity rights cases, which provide insights about publicity rights on social media. A previous post on the subject covered a couple of other cases. Ranveer Singh and Slippers Just before the movie Kill Dil, a Bollywood film starring Ranveer Singh, Govinda and others was released, a company by the name 'Yo Custom Freak' uploaded a Facebook image of slippers. The phrase 'Kill Dil' was written on the slippers and Ranveer Singh's photograph was part of the image. The company claims to produce customized apparels, jewelry, accessories, etc., and this was one of its customized products. On...

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Social Media, IP and Business- A Presentation by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala

This presentation was delivered by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala as a part of a seminar on intellectual property, social media and business. The seminar was attended by IP professionals as well as corporates. The presentation entitled ‘Social Media IP and Business’ covered the following topics. Various types of IP on Social Media- Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Publicity Rights. Intellectual property violation on Social Media- Direct Contact, Take Down, instances Infringement. Let’s Go Crazy lawsuit Examples of patents with respect to Social Media With the help of cases, examples and multi-media Dr. Kalyan’s presentation gives insights into various facets of Intellectual Property,...

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