WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS 5th FEB to 12th FEB’ 2021

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FINANCE MINISTER PROPOSES A DRAFT BILL IN THE LOWER HOUSE TO SHUT IPAB.

The Bill is introduced by the Union Finance Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, bearing the title “The Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions Of Service) Bill, 2021” The Bill proposes to transfer its powers to High Courts (for patent, trademarks, GI, Plant Varieties related issues) and to Commercial Courts (for copyright matters). The Statement of Objects and Reasons of the proposed bill states that analysis of data of the last three years has shown that tribunals in several sectors have not necessarily led to faster justice delivery and they are also at a considerable expense to the exchequer. The tribunals that are proposed to be abolished in this phase are of the kind which handle cases in which public at large is not a litigant or those which neither take away any significant workload from High Courts which otherwise would have adjudicated such cases nor provide speedy disposal.

SUPREME COURT DISMISSES APPLICATION SEEKING EXTENSION OF JUSTICE MANMOHAN SINGH AS IPAB CHAIRPERSON

The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition filed by “The International Association for Protection of Intellectual Property (India Group)” which sought direction to extend tenure of present Chairman of the “Intellectual Property Appellate Board” (IPAB), till the new Chairman is appointed.

SALMAN KHAN APOLOGISES FOR ‘MISTAKENLY’ GIVING FAKE AFFIDAVIT IN BLACKBUCK POACHING CASE.

Bollywood star Salman Khan apologised for mistakenly’ submitting a false affidavit in the Jodhpur session court in 2003, during his hearing in a case related to the poaching of two blackbucks in Jodhpur in 1998. Salman was arrested in 1998 for hunting two blackbucks in in Kankani village near Jodhpur. At that time, a case under Arms Act was registered against him and the court had asked him to submit his arms license.

CBFC ISSUES NOTIFICATION TO DISPLAY TITLE, CREDITS IN LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUES OF FILMS.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has issued a new notification to filmmakers, to display the title, casting and credits of a film in the language of the movie that has been applied for certification and the same may be displayed in any other language if so desired.

OTT STREAMING REGULATION: IAMAI SUGGESTS BETTER REPRESENTATION OF EXTERNAL MEMBERS IN COMPLAINT PANELS.

The Internet and Mobile Association of India has released its long-promised “implementation toolkit”. Toolkit lists some laws applicable to online content and legislation dealing with subjects such as “indecent” representation of women, sexually explicit content, improper use of state emblems and atrocities against minorities.

GUIDELINES FOR DIGITAL PLATFORMS LIKE NETFLIX, AMAZON PRIME ALMOST READY, TO BE OUT SOON: JAVADEKAR.

Union minister of information and broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said guidelines and directives for OTT (over-the-top) platforms are almost ready. He claimed, he gets several complaints and suggestions in regard to content on platforms every day. The guidelines and directions are almost ready and will be implemented very soon.

OTT REGULATION: CENTRE SEEKS TRANSFER OF CASES PENDING IN HIGH COURTS TO SUPREME COURT.

The Central Government has filed a transfer petition in the Supreme Court seeking transfer of cases pending in different High Courts for regulation of Over The Top (OTT) platforms like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Hotstar etc., to the Supreme Court.

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