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

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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. The majority of applications were filed for literary works and artistic works.

S. No Type of Work Number of Applications filed in the month of 

March 2019

Number of Applications filed in month of April 2019 Change Percentage Change
1. Literary Work 990 984 6 Decrease of 1 %
2. Musical Work 35 51 16 Increase of 46%
3. Artistic Work 331 445 114 Increase of 34%
4. Cinematograph Film 7 17 10 Increase of 143%
5. Sound Recording 42 104 62 Increase of 148%
6. Software 137 130 7 Decrease of 5%
Total 1542 1731 189 Increase of 12%


 Indian Copyright News

Spotify Removes Saregama Content

Following the filing of a suit by Saregama, India’s oldest record label, in the Delhi High Court, steaming platform Spotify has removed the label’s content from its platform. Saregama claims that it was in the process of negotiating with Spotify, and had allowed Spotify to make its music available to users, but no agreement had been reached. Spotify has now agreed to pull down Saregama’s catalog from its service over the next few days. This suit comes barely 2 months after Spotify’s battle with Warner Music over the licensing of its catalog for the platform.

MEITy Announces Fintech Awards for Promoting Digital Payments

The Minitsry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITy) has announced that it will be awarding Financial Technology (Fintech) companies for promoting the use of digital payments. The categories include payment infrastructure in rural areas, innovation through emerging technology and innovation through digital lending. Interested Fintech companies will have to first submit a detailed application and shortlisted companies will have to subsequently make detailed presentations/demonstrations t