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Kannada Lyricist Hamsalekha Wins Copyright Case Against Saavn

The Karnataka High Court ruled in favour of lyricist Hamsalekha in a copyright dispute against Saavn. Saavn argued that Hamsalekha doesn’t have the right to sue because he assigned his rights to IPRS, a copyright society. The Court disagreed as Hamsalekha retained the right to claim authorship and seek proper attribution even if IPRS licensed his works. Continue Reading Kannada Lyricist Hamsalekha Wins Copyright Case Against Saavn

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Delhi HC Clarifies Architect’s Moral Rights, Time Settles Dispute Over Embedded Tom Brady Tweet, INOX Screening World Cup Matches, and more

  Delhi HC: Architect Cannot Prevent Demolition of His Work; Time Settles Dispute over Embedded Tom Brady Photo; Ai Weiwei Heads to Trial Against Volkswagen for Ad Featuring His Installation; Apple Courts Legal Trouble with Vegas Billboard; Daniel Wellington Unveils News Cricket World Cup Campaign; INOX to Screen India’s World Cup League Matches; Snap in Licensing Talks for Embedding Music, and more. Copyright Quote "Sharing, Suing and Settling is now a workable content commercialization strategy on social media." - Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala,…

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Waiving Moral Rights Can Be Moral

First Publication Date: 13th January 2010   Professor Anil's post inspired me to research into alienability and waivability of moral rights under national laws. I noted that national laws of civil law countries such as France, Spain, Italy and Germany expressly restrict transfer and waiver of moral rights and national laws of common law countries such as UK and Canada permit their transfer and Waiver. If we look at the international instruments such as Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary…

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Moral of “3 Idiots”

  Date of First Publication: 4th January 2010   Dr. Kalyan needs to be thanked for the timely post (dated 3rd January) on the current controversy over the credits for the movie "3 Idiots". Let me take this opportunity to air a couple of observations/questions on related issues: 1. Can the author, in this instance a fairly well known and popular author Mr. Chetan Bhagat, contract away his "moral rights" specifically, and not through the mode of assignment of copyrights of the work? Nothing…

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Recent copyrights cases, Entertainment Trademark News, International copyright updates, copyright tip of the week and more.

  Recent copyrights cases, Entertainment Trademark News, International copyright updates, copyright tip of the week and more, presented by the Media & entertainment law attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s Premier New Age IP Firm.   Copyright Thought of the Week "The right to be attributed as an author of a work is not merely a copyright, it is every author's basic human right." Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala Indian Copyright Cases Metro Tyres v. MRF - ASCI The Delhi High Court recently passed…

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Moral Rights – India V United States

  Recently, in a US copyright suit against Rapper Jay Z , the issue of ‘moral rights’ took center stage. The copyright suit was with regards to the sampling of an old Egyptian song in Jay-Z’s hit number “Big Pimpin’”. According to Jay Z a.k.a Shawn Carter and producer Timbaland a.k.a Timothy Mosley, the hook or the sample of Khosara Khosara was licensed to them. They paid $100,000 in total to EMI Music Arabia for the license in 2001. However, Osama…

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Sholay Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. & Ors. v. Parag Sanghavi & Ors.

Case Title: Sholay Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. & Ors.v. Parag Sanghavi & Ors. Citation: 223 (2015) DLT 152, MIPR 2015 (3) 0096 Brief Facts: The dispute is centered around the highly popular movie ‘Sholay’ directed by Mr. Ramesh Sippy and produced by Mr. G.P. Sippy and the movie ‘Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag’ directed by Mr. Ram Gopal Verma. Before we go into the particulars of the dispute, one must have an understanding of the ownership of the rights over the…

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