Copyright infringement case  filed against makers of JugJugg Jeeyo, no stay on release

Recently, JugJugg Jeeyo starring Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Neetu Kapoor, and Anil Kapoor got into legal trouble when a Ranchi-based writer named Vishal Singh sued the makers of the movie for reported copyright violation. Consequently, the viewing of the film is presently scheduled in court before release. Dismissing the plea of the petitioner, the Court held that the balance of convenience lay in the defendants’ favour. “The plaintiff is not likely to succeed but presuming that even if they are still, the order for injunction is tilted in favour of the defendants considering the balances of convenience and irreparable loss,” said the court. And noted that “It is not possible for any person to reach a conclusion about the similarity merely on the basis of one-page story with the few minutes trailer of the film.

Read order: here

Bombay High Court passed John Doe order for the movie ‘Janhit Mein Jaari’

Recently, in Bhanushali Studios Ltd. & Ors. Vs. Telegram Messenger LLP & Anr., the Bombay HC passed an order for the plea filed by Bhanushali Studio Ltd. seeking urgent ad-interim relief for removal or deletion of infringing links of the movie “Janhit Mein Jaari” with immediate effect. The bench not only directed the concerned police stations to provide necessary assistance in this regard but also granted liberty to the producers to apply for removal of links if they find more infringing links.

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NCPCR issues draft guidelines for the protection of child artists in the entertainment industry

Recently, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has issued draft guidelines stating that no minor should work for more than 27 consecutive days and 20 per cent of the child’s income need to be deposited in a fixed deposit account. The draft covers television programmes, including reality shows, TV serials, news and informative media, movies, content on OTT platforms and social media, performing arts, advertising or any other kind of involvement of children in commercial entertainment activities.

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Media has a right to report on registration of FIRs, arrest of persons, filing of cases in courts: Bombay High Court

Recently, Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court in Vijay Darda & Anr. v. Ravindra Gupta, held that the media has the right to report on the registration of first information reports (FIRs) and on cases filed in courts and defamation action cannot lie on the basis of such reports. Highlighting the importance of the freedom of the press and information media. Justice Vinay Joshi quashed the defamation case against the owners of a daily newspaper and noted that “It is common knowledge that in daily newspapers at least some space is devoted to the news about the registration of crimes, filing of cases in Courts, the progress of the investigation, arrest of persons, etc. It constitutes news events which public has the right to know,” (Read more: here)

Film exhibitors to move Andhra Pradesh High Court on online ticket sales by government

As per reports,  a section of film distributors and exhibitors are planning to move Andhra Pradesh High Court objecting to “state government’s interference” in online sale of film tickets by shortly launching a web portal ‘Your Screens’  of Andhra Pradesh Film Development Corporation (APFDC).  Recently, the government entrusted the task of selling tickets online to APFDC  by launching Your Screens online portal. The cost of tickets sold by the government web portal will be low compared to those sold by private aggregators which could result in film distributors and exhibitors losing considerable money as they would lose the benefits of selling online tickets though private aggregators.

As Per PwC report India’s media & entertainment industry to be worth Rs 4.3 lakh crore by 2026!

According to the report by PwC (a  global consulting firm), based on E&M consumers’ and advertisers’ spending across 52 territories, India will become the “biggest world market for print edition readership in 2025” and the fifth-largest TV advertising market globally by 2026. Per the report, the Indian Entertainment & Media industry is progressing at an 8.8 per cent compound annual growth rate.

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Ed Sheeran Awarded Over $1.1 Million in Legal Fees in ‘Shape of You’ Copyright Case

Recently, Chokri and his co-writer Ross O’Donoghue who sued Sheeran, McDaid and Mac for copyright infringement over alleged similarities between the two songs, have been ordered to pay over $1.1 million in legal fees. Although Ad Sheeran had won the case in England in 2017, and then, in 2018, “the Shape of You” writers launched legal proceedings to declare they had not infringed on the copyright.

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Hailey Bieber and trademark infringement over ‘Rhode’

Model Hailey Bieber has got into a trademark tussle recently for her skincare company “Rhode” when two fashion creators created a successful clothing line under the “Rhode” trademark. They sued Hailey claiming the confusion by marketing a skincare line under the name. The lawsuit demanded blocking Hailey from selling or marketing any products with the Rhode name.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Pay, the Digital Wallet for the Metaverse

Recently, Meta (formerly, Facebook) CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a post on Facebook, announcing the replacement of Facebook Pay by Meta CEO with some additional features. As per Zuckerberg, it is used for Meta’s metaverse platform enabling users to securely manage their identity, what they own, and how they pay. Moreover, with this, users will be able to transact on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and other supported platforms. In his post, the techie tycoon also said “In the future there will be all sorts of digital items you might want to create or buy — digital clothing, art, videos, music, experiences, virtual events, and more. Proof of ownership will be important, especially if you want to take some of these items with you across different services.”

Read more (here).