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The Telangana High Court, in a recent decision titled M/S Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited v. Nandi Chinni Kumar and Ors., has upheld the concept of “life rights” as elements of copyright- and  in fact, upheld an order for an injunction against the Appellant’s (hereinafter, “Defendant”) film, for violating...
The Copyright Office vide its public notice dated November 27, 2020 has invited for objections/ comments, if any from public/ stakeholders, in respect of application filed by Screenwriters Rights Association of India (SRAI) for registration as a copyright society under Section 33 of the Copyright Act in literary and...
This article is co-authored by me and Umang Sethi, a fourth year student from Institute of Law Nirma University, Ahmedabad. In addition to being infamous for moral rights infraction, the controversy over the song “Genda Phool'' by Badshah, illustrates the mystifying nature of the internet. The song was embroiled in...
Recently, in the case of Mattel Inc. v. Present Enterprises and Ors., the Delhi High Court was faced with the question of protection of foreign works under Indian Copyright Law and protection of word marks and shape marks. The case was decided ex-parte, which also became a relevant factor...
For those interested, here is a transcript of the full oral arguments that transpired at the US Supreme Court on 7/10/2020 and here is an audio of the same. If you wish to briefly understand my perspective on US software copyrights, check out Part 1. BRIEF BACKGROUND TO THE DISPUTE This...
TAKEAWAYS ABOUT SOFTWARE COPYRIGHTABILITY FROM WHAT TRANSPIRED AT THE U.S. SUPREME COURT *Long post ahead* PART 1: Software Copyright – Basic concept and background PART 2: Analysis of the Google v. Oracle oral arguments at the US Supreme Court. PART 1: SOFTWARE COPYRIGHTS Turn back to 1980, it is a new day, in...
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has called for another stakeholders consultation meeting to discuss the various aspects pertaining to registration of multiple copyright societies as opposed to single copyright society in a single class of work. The meeting is on 15th September, 2020 (Tuesday), from...
Roposo, a video sharing service backed by global venture capitalists Tiger Global and Bertelsmann as lead investors has been sued before the Delhi High Court by T-Series, for violation of copyright in thousands of its songs. T-Series asserted that Roposo has been violating its copyrighted content in a number of...
This is the 2nd part of the 2 part post and discusses my theoretical take on the issue of copyrightability of plots and themes, and the abstraction filtration test as a determining factor for copyright infringement. Link to Part 1 (context and the cases involved) Analysis This part shall discuss the theoretical...
This is part 1 of a two-part post and I shall be discussing the court’s take in the Lootcase film decision and its conflicting rationale with the decision in the case of the Singardaan TV series  – Link to part 2 Introduction In the recent decision related to a copyright infringement...

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