Category Archive for "Copyrights"

ISRA wins yet another case at the Delhi High Court

The Indian Singers’ Rights Association (ISRA) on 30th September won yet another case at the Delhi High Court against Night Fever Club & Lounge, Delhi. This is the second of its kind in recent times with the first being two

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A new occurrence in the Delhi University Copyright Case

The much spoken about verdict pronounced by Justice Endlaw on the Delhi University Copy right case has yet again grabbed everyone’s attention as the Publishers filed an appeal against the decision. The Delhi high court after a series of litigation

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Supreme Court re-affirms – No royalty for lyricists and music composers

Undoubtedly, lyricists (the authors of literary works) and music composers of a song (musical work) are the true and first owners as far as copyright is concerned. However, the Hon’ble Supreme Court is of a different view and in International

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A breakthrough for Indian Copyright Law

The Delhi High Court on the 16th of September, 2016 pronounced a landmark verdict in the case of The Chancellor, Masters & Scholars of The University of Oxford & ors. Vs. Rameshwari Photocopy Services & Anr that is likely to

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“Viewing pirated videos/films will not land you in jail” – Setting A wrong precedent?

The buzz about legality of watching pirated movies on blocked websites has been doing the rounds for a while. The Bombay High Court in Eros International Media Limited v.  Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, pronounced that “mere viewing of blocked websites and

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Indian Judiciary takes a stand on the concept of Trade Dress

Trade dress relates to the visual or other appearance of a product that may withal include its packaging, combination of colours, textures, graphics, shape which could be registered and protected from being exploited by competitors in connection to their business

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Online broadcasting now within the purview of the Copyright Act

Broadcasting rights and its statutory licensing under the Copyright Act is dealt under the provisions of Section 31D, inserted by virtue of the 2012 Amendment. Section 31D allows “Any broadcasting organization desirous of communicating to the public by way of

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Version Recordings and Indian legislation

Version Recordings as defined by Justice Mukul Mudgal are such sound recordings which being inspired by the original melody, are a distinct interpretation in presentation, rhythm and orchestral arrangement. In India, a nation that flourishes with Bollywood motion pictures as

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Recognition of Performers’ Rights by the Indian Courts

The Copyright Act, 1957 was amended and came into effect on June 21, 2012. One of the major amendments that it brought along with it is with respect to Performers’ right in India. Chapter VIII of the Copyright (Amendment) Act,

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Happy or Un-Happy Birthday – copyright over a famous song!

Songs form the corner stone of the music industry. Section 17 of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957 states that the author (composer and the lyricist in case of a song) is the first owner of the copyright. No one has

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