This week’s copyright, media, and entertainment law updates are as below:
Music Video Artist Shenseea Sued for Copyright Infringement
Stephanie Sarley, a visual artist known for her videos on “fruit art”, alleging copyright infringement of her artwork, has filed a lawsuit against popular Jamaican artist Shenseea over the 2019 music video of the song ‘Foreplay’. Sarley is known for her unique portrayal of “sensual fruit imagery” and is a popular content creator on Instagram. She claims that the music video allegedly contains almost 40 seconds of footage, showcasing her artistic works in original forms and slightly altered versions. Sarley has sought 150,000 USD for infringement of each of her three original works.
Information and Broadcasting Minister to Draft a New Bill Regulating Digital Media
Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, addressing an event in Jaipur, declared that the government is working on a Bill to regulate digital media. According to the statement, the Bill would also simplify the process of registration of newspapers and bring in new laws to replace the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867. The minister also observed that the government prefers self-regulation of most media, but given the reach and impact of digital and electronic media, a balanced Act in the need of the hour.
Commerce and Industry Minister Calls for Self-Regulation of Content in the OTT Space
Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, commenting on the standard of content presented via OTT platforms pointed out the need for a self-regulation on content. The content presented through the OTT channels, he said, “are beyond acceptable standards within the Indian cultural landscape.” He had impressed the need of the government and the media and entertainment industry to work together, to push the growth of the sector and expanding beyond the less than one percent share in the global market.
Authored by Ipshita Bhattacharyya (Associate, BananaIP Counsels)
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