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Introduction: The Additional District Judge, Ludhiana had passed an order dated 23rd November,2023, whereby Dreamline Reality Movies (“Respondents / Dreamline”) were granted an order to restrain Super Cassette Industries Private Limited (“Appellant / T Series”) from producing, telecasting, selling or releasing the movie “Dear Jassi” until the final determination of...
On the 23rd of May, Justice C. Hari Shankar of the Delhi High Court while dealing with the matter of RDB and Co. v. Harper Collins India Pvt. Ltd. regarding the ownership of copyrights to the screenplay of 1996 film ‘Nayak’ held that the first owner of the copyright...
Today, 21st June is the eleventh anniversary of the Copyright (Amendment) Act 2012 (Act 24 of 2012) coming into force after it was notified in the Gazette by the Central Government on June 21, 2012. It was earlier passed unanimously by the Indian Parliament on May 22, 2012, and...
Recently, the Delhi High Court in RDB & Co. HUF vs. Harper Collins, summarily rejected the Plaintiff’s prayer to restrain the Defendant, i.e. Harper Collins, from novelising the screenplay of the popular Bengali film ‘Nayak’, which was written and directed by Satyajit Ray. Placing reliance on Section 13(4) of...
AI-generated artwork has been on the rise for quite some time with varied experiments such as Walter Thompson’s The Next Rembrandt and Obvious’ Edmond De Balamy both of which required a sophisticated software specially designed for this purpose, a varied dataset and a collective of intellectuals all working towards...
In the much-awaited decision which would have had a tremendous precedential value determining the scope of fair use exceptions of use of music in wedding ceremonies under Section 52(1)(za), the matter has been withdrawn by PPL in view of an amicable settlement arrived at between the plaintiff Phonographic Performance...
The Delhi High Court on August 30, 2022 directed mobile messaging platform ‘Telegram’ to disclose details such as devices, mobile numbers and internet protocol addresses used to operate channels involved in copyright infringement cases. Read order here. The Court was hearing a suit filed by a teacher Neetu Singh (“Plaintiff’”),...
In the past two years, the Central Government has slowly but steadily moved towards the decriminalisation of offences based on industry feedback that antiquated laws hamper the ease of doing business in India. There is also a school of thought that decriminalising certain economic offences will reduce the immense...
(Zidd (Urdu/Hindi word) = insistence, persistence or doggedness.) Judgments, especially of higher courts, are juggernauts capable of jamming future judgments of the lower courts (and sometimes even the similar stature courts). Aren’t they? After all, this is how Stare Decisis works in common law countries - precedents possess legal piety....
A decade ago on this very day, the Copyright Amendment Act of 2012 came into effect. This amendment brought with it some sea changes which changed the landscape of the way the media and entertainment industry especially the music industry was functioning. As we celebrate the tenth year of...

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