US STAMP CASE, YOUTUBE’S NEW COPYRIGHT TOOL, WIPO TREATIES WELCOMED BY BOLLYWOOD AND MORE

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Bollywood Industry Welcomes Government move to Join WIPO Treaties, Stamp mistake costs US Postal Service $3.5 million, YouTube launches Copyright Match Tool to check infringement, Merchandising Cloud Introduced by Tech giants.

COPYRIGHT QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Copyright law has got to give up its obsession with ‘the copy.’ The law should not regulate ‘copies’ or ‘modern reproductions’ on their own. It should instead regulate uses–like public distributions of copies of copyrighted work–that connect directly to the economic incentive copyright law was intended to foster.”
― Lawrence Lessig

INDIAN COPYRIGHT STATISTICS

There is an increase of 28.3% in the total number of copyright applications filed this week as compared to the applications filed last week. A total of 407 applications were filed for copyright registration during the last week. Most of the applications were filed for literary and artistic works. Applications for sound recordings decreased substantially from 55 to 16.

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Types of Work Number of Applications filed in the Recent Week (25th June- 30th June, 2018) Number of Applications filed in the Recent Week

(1st July to 8th July, 2018)

Change Percent Change
1. Literary Work 158 237 79 50%
2. Musical Work 3 7 4 13.33%
3. Artistic Work 67 81 14 20.89%
4. Cinematograph Film 1 13 12 120%
5. Sound Recording 55 16 39 70.09%
6. Software 33 53 20 60.6%
Total 317 407 90 28.3%

INDIAN COPYRIGHT NEWS

Bollywood Industry Welcomes Government move to Join WIPO Treaties

Last week, the Indian government approved the proposal to become a part of the WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performers and Phonograms Treaty which extends coverage of copyright to the Internet and digital environment. These reforms in copyright law were appreciated by many famous personalities like Mr. Javed Akhtar, who gave full credit to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (“DIPP”) and The Registrar Copyrights for ensuring that India truly mainstreams its copyright sector into the rapidly growing digital markets. He said this would benefit creators as the Berne Convention will find firm footing in the digital domain, and called it a positive decision in support of artists and the creative sector. Also, the Composer and Director of Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) Mr. Raju Singh said, “India is truly now a part of the worldwide market in relation to creative works. The decision of the Cabinet to become part of the internet Treaties is the one thing we need to signify the arrival of India’s truly significant soft power signified by its creative industries. Congratulations to the Government!”

INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT NEWS UPDATE

Stamp mistake costs US Postal Service $3.5 million