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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the scope of fair use exceptions of use of music in wedding ceremonies under Section 52(1)(za), the matter has been withdrawn by PPL in view of an amicable settlement arrived at between the plaintiff Phonographic Performance...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...
Introduction: Music is an important part of Indian culture and no weddings in India are complete without music. Understanding this, an exception of fair use of music at marriages and social festivities associated with marriage was expressly carved out under Section 52(1)(za) of the Copyright Act, 1957 vide an amendment...
I often receive queries on whether one can use clippings for up to 30 seconds or less without requiring any license? Isn’t it permissible under principle of de minimis non curat lex? Can a news channel simply use songs in one of its programmes and claim defense of fair...
(This article is co-authored with Sangita Sharma, a 3rd -year student from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar.) Who Came Together and Why? (Facts of the Case) - “Come together and fight” generally has a positive intuitive appeal, but these intuitions change when the same happens before the court(s) between the plaintiffs...
The Delhi High Court’s recent decision in Samir Kasal v. Prashant Mehta delved into the question of copyrightability of cricket. It also delved into the legal principles of breach of confidentiality, while also demotivating plaintiff’s intention to cause harm to the defendants by approaching the Court at the nick...

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