Phablet Art and Copyright, Screen Shots and Copyright Infringement, YRF Partners With Google Allo and More

Indian Copyright Statistics, Phablet Art and Copyright, YRF Partners with Google Allo, Screen Shots and Copyright Infringement and more is presented by the Copyright and Entertainment Law Attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s Premier New Age IP Firm


“I believe in copyright, within limited precincts. But I also believe in fair use, public domain and transformation”- David Shields


There was an increase of 96% in the total number of copyright filings compared to the last week. A total of 293 applications were filed for copyright registration during the last week. While most of the applications were filed for literary works only 1 application was filed for registering Cinematographic films.

Sr. No Types of work Number of Applications previous week Number of Applications this week Percentage change
1 Literary Works 88 220 An increase of 150%
2 Musical works 4 2 A decrease of 50%
3 Artistic works 36 40 An increase of 11%
4 Cinematograph Films 5 1 A decrease of 80%
5 Sound Recordings 2 16 An increase of 700%
6 Software 14 14 No change
Total 149 293 An increase of 96%


Dilip De gets copyright registration for Phablet art

The Art Collector, Dilip De, has secured copyright protection for his paintings created on smartphones. Dilip De, who calls himself a phablet artist, is known for his paintings using smartphones and stylus. De says he infuses traditional techniques with technology to unlock artistic creativity.


1655 websites blocked over copyright infringement in China

China’s copyright administrators have blocked 1655 websites for infringing copyrights and deleted 274,800 links to infringing content says a report issued by the National Copyright Administration. This was part of a campaign initiated by the Cyberspace Administration of China for building a better online environment for copyright owners.

CBS sues photographer for posting screenshots of 59 year old TV show on Social Media

CBS Broadcasting has filed a lawsuit against photographer, Jon Tannen, over his use of screenshots from the TV series Gunsmoke on his social media accounts.  It is learned that the action is in response to Tannen’s lawsuit against CBS over unauthorized usage of his images. Posting screenshots of TV shows is an extremely common practice and are widely considered to be a fair use under most circumstances.


YRF partners with Google Allo

Indian production and distribution giant Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd. has partnered with Google for its chat application Google Allo where YRF will be making available their film content on the application by way of GIFs etc. GIFs included are from iconic films such as ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, ‘Dhoom’, ‘Mohabbatein’ etc. The users can use these GIFs by tapping the GIF icon above the chat bar on the application.


Copyright Infringement and Photos

Posting or sharing photos or images found online on social media platforms or blogs may invite copyright infringement claims.  Images governed by creative commons licenses may be used to avoid copyright risks.
Author: BIP’s Copyright and Entertainment Law Attorneys
Senior Partner, the entertainment law attorneys at BIP are among the well-known lawyers in the field. They work with clients such as Yash Raj Films, Dharma Productions, Ananda Audio, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh, and Arka Media (Producer of Bahu Bali). BIP’s entertainment law team helps clients protect, manage and effectively license and merchandize their creative works such as films, music, brands and other content, to maximize financial returns.
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