Delhi High Court directs Whatsapp to block groups illegally circulating Dainik Bhaskar owned E-newspaper

The Delhi High Court on December 28, 2021 directed Whatsapp to take down groups that were illegally circulating E-newspapers belonging to Dainik Bhaskar Corp. Ltd. Justice Sanjeev Narula was of the opinion that the plaintiff, Dainik Bhaskar has made out a prima facie case and if an ex-parte injunction is not given to the plaintiff then an irreparable loss would be caused to it.

Read order here

Broadcasters have urged TRAI to not impose market-share related restrictions on Cable TV.

Stakeholders in the broadcasting sector including broadcasters, DTH operators, Multi System Operators, and Local Cable Operators have urged the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to not impose market-share related restrictions on Cable TV as there is adequate competition present in the market of Cable TV and TV distribution.

The stakeholders have submitted to TRAI that instead of imposing market-share related restrictions on market of Cable TV, it should adopt light-touch regulation to deal with the issue of market dominance in the sector of Cable TV. The reason being that there is cut-throat competition in the sector among various service providers.

Netflix, producers of ‘Tiger King’ sued for unauthorized use of clips of ‘Ace Ventura 2’

Morgan Creek Productions had sued Netflix and the producers of ‘Tiger King’ for unauthorized use of clips of ‘Ace Ventura 2’ in the hit show, Tiger King. The show is focused on the life of Joseph Maldonado Passage, known as ‘Joe Exotic’ who is the owner of a ‘big cat’ zoo. The infringement lawsuit filed by the Morgan Creek Production alleged that the show featured two clips from the Jim Carrey starrer ‘Ace Ventura 2’ without the permission.

Andhra Pradesh Government orders reconstitution of committee to scrutinize prices of cinema tickets

The State Government of Andhra Pradesh has constituted a new committee to scrutinize and rationalize the prices of admission into cinema halls. A government order to this effect was issued on December 28, 2021 by the Home Department.

The GO said that “the committee shall take into account all the factors relevant to the fixation of admission rates like classification of theatres such as multiplexes and single screens with due regard to the location and the amenities required to be provided to the cinegoers.”

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asks TV channels to comply with the provisions of the Child Labour Act

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, earlier issued an advisory asking all private satellite TV channels to comply with the provisions of the Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 2016 and Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Rules, 1998 on the involvement of children in advertisements, serials, films or any other entertainment subject. The said statutes prohibits the employment of children in any occupation or process.

Producers Guild of India urges the Delhi Government to allow cinema halls to function

The Producers Guild of India on December 31, 2021 urged the Delhi Government to allow the cinema halls to function, stating that the cinema halls provide a safe place for the viewers. In view of the rising cases of Covid-19, Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi declared a yellow alert in Delhi which resulted in shutting down of cinema halls among various public spaces.

Competition Commission of India orders probe against Apple

India’s competition regulator, Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered a probe against Apple over allegations made by Jaipur-based non-profit organization ‘Together We Fight Society’. The organization alleged that Apple has abused its dominant position by owning apps competing with third party developers, charging a commission of almost 30% for in-app purchases and not allowing any other payment mechanism.

CCI stated in its order that Apple has prima facie violated Section 4 of the Competition Act, which deals with the abuse of dominant position in the market. It further ordered an investigation into the company by the Director General, whose report has to be submitted within 60 days of the order.

‘Winnie the Pooh’ and ‘The Sun also Rises’ among works which are going public in 2022

‘Winnie the Pooh’ and ‘The Sun also Rises’ are some of many works that are going in the public domain in 2022. Further Copyright experts from the Duke University estimate that around 400,000 sound recordings will go into the public domain in 2022.  This means that the work could be legally shared, performed, reused or sampled without permission or license.

Indore Resident files complaint against Vicky Kaushal

Various pictures of Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan riding a bike surfaced on the Internet. These pictures were taken while they were shooting for their upcoming film in Indore. However, this has landed the actor into a legal trouble. A resident of Indore has filed a complaint against the actor alleging use of his vehicle’s number plate in the upcoming film.