Copyright, Courts and Christmas

“Dashing to the court

In a mighty fancy sleigh

O’er the case we gloat

Laughing all the way

A bunch of copyright crooks

Been rippin’ off our books

What fun it is to sue this chain

In a copyright case again

Copyright… copyright….. copyright all the way..

Oh what fun it is to make these needy students pay..


The above copyright jingle (taken from this Youtube video) owes itself to the highly talented duo of John Daniel (a lawyer turned musician) and Sudarshan Suresh (a lawyer turned filmmaker). The lyrics were by a “friendly Santa, well versed in the law”.

 May this Christmas and new year bring good cheer to a number of anxious students hoping for a reversal of an egregious injunction against Delhi University and its photocopier! For more background to this copyright dispute that is certain to go down in the annals of IP history as a landmark case around IP and access to education, see here. And for the latest on this dispute, see here. Merry Christmas to all of you!

Shamnad Basheer

Shamnad Basheer

Prof (Dr) Shamnad Basheer founded SpicyIP in 2005. He is currently the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and a visiting professor of law at the National Law School (NLS), Bangalore. He is also the Founder of IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to the leading law schools. He served for two years as an expert on the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2015 for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. The jury was headed by Nobel laureate, Prof Amartya Sen. Professional History: After graduating from the NLS, Bangalore Professor Basheer joinedAnand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He went on to head their telecommunication and technology practice and was rated by the IFLR as a leading technology lawyer. He left for the University of Oxford to pursue post-graduate studies, completing the BCL, MPhil and DPhil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His first academic appointment was at the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of IP Law. He then relocated to India in 2008 to take up the MHRD Chaired Professorship in IP Law at WB NUJS, a leading Indian law school. Prof Basheer has published widely and his articles have won awards, including those instituted by ATRIP and the Stanford Technology Law Review. He is consulted widely by the government, industry, international organisations and civil society on a variety of IP issues. He also serves on several government committees.

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