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Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Intellectual Property Management Inaugurated by Government


The union Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles, Shri Anand Sharma inaugurated the National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (NIIPM) building at Nagpur on the 21st of July, 2012 and named it the “Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Intellectual Property Management” . The primary objective appears to be to train professionals to deal with the recent surge in patent applications in India. There was also an announcement of the decision to establish the India Intellectual Property Foundation, which the Department of Industrial Policy…


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Fair Dealing – Circulating Extracts to Students and Song Previews


One of the issues that often comes up when trying to explain fair dealing rights to others is the extent to which such a right extends. There are a few recent decisions of the Candian Supreme Court that are significant in this light, since they interpret the fair dealing defence in some depth – a defence which is reflected in almost identical terms in the Indian Copyright Act.  There are two cases that pertinent to this post as explained in…


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SpicyIP Announcements: Call for Papers – National Law School of India University


  The National Law School of India Review is now accepting submissions for its upcoming issue – Volume 25(1). The National Law School of India Review (NLSIR) is the flagship law journal of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India. The NLSIR is a bi-annual, student edited, peer-reviewed law journal providing incisive legal scholarship on issues that are at the forefront of contemporary legal discourse. Over the last 20 years, the NLSIR has regularly featured articles authored by judges of…


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ACTA Rejected: The Fight For Internet Freedom Tastes Success – India to follow?


Protests work. There’ no doubt in my mind any more. The tossing out of SOPA after a huge wave of protests could have been a fluke event. But with the European Parliament rejecting the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) as well, on the back of both online and offline protests, one begins to realise the influence of people’s participation in the deliberative process and its influence in putting a stop to overbearing intellectual property laws. And with India facing a similar…


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An Open Letter to Kapil Sibal on Copyright and Free Speech


Dear Mr. Sibal, It is unfortunate that in rejecting the motion to annul the Intermediary Guidelines, for reasons I can only assume relate to narrow political gains, you also shot down an opportunity to plug the copyright system and its impact on individual liberties. When you stated in Parliament that Rule 3(2) prescribes due diligence requirements for internet companies based on powers under Section 66A of the IT Act, you were either misinformed or lying. The official notification, available on…


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Moral Rights for Moral Wrongs – Dismantling of the Bhilai ‘Flight of Steel’ sculpture


If you are an artist or sculptor or just someone who just appreciates good art, the recent episode concerning the destruction and dumping of the sculpture ‘The Flight of Steel’, an iconic sculpture (which was later renamed ‘Murga Chowk’) in Bhilai, is sure to irk you to an uncomfortable degree.  This is a curious case of a seventy year old artists being humiliated after being commissioned by Bhilai Steel Plant to construct a steel sculpture in a designated area covering about…


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Indian Intermediary Liability Law Requires a Thorough Makeover


Two recent developments, on two different sides of the world, have reopened my eyes to the flawed intermediary liability legal regime that currently exists in India. The first was the recent ruling of the second circuit appellate court in the United States in the much publicised Youtube-Viacom copyright infringement suit. The second one is closer home – the recent calls for the annulment of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) 2011 from a Rajya Sabha MP and a writ petition filed…


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SpicyIP Announcements: CUSAT Inter University Centre for IPR Studies Offers Short-term Fellowships to M.Phil/Ph.D Students


The Inter University Centre for IPR Studies (IUCIPRS) offers short term fellowships of Rs.5000/- (Rupees Five Thousand only) per month for a maximum period of three months for M.Phil/Ph.D scholars in IPR related areas who have already registered in any recognized Universities in India. The objective of this short term fellowship is to facilitate M.Phil/Ph.D students registered for M.Phil/Ph.D in IPR related areas in any discipline in any recognized University in India other than CUSAT to utilize the resources in…


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SpicyIP Announcements: Socio-Legal Review Essay Competition


The Socio-Legal Review, the student edited peer reviewed journal of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore is holding the 2nd Annual SLR Essay Competition. Students from law schools and other undergraduate courses in India and around the world can participate and submit their essays on the topics mentioned below. 1. Emergent Civil Society: Redefining or negating participative democracy? 2. Rule of Law in Fledgling Societies: Is parliamentary democracy still the best solution? Discuss and highlight possible alternatives in light of the…


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Anti-piracy movement in India gains heat: Cause for concern or justified response?


Unsatisfied with the court order it recently obtained from the Calcutta High Court, granting an ex-parte injunction against the website www.songs.pk, the Indian Music Industry (‘IMI’) has gone all out against more than a hundred websites alleged to have been indulging in piracy of Bollywood music tracks. In this post, I intend to examine the current state of anti-piracy movement in India and what the future holds for us in India on this issue, so pardon the long post.  Method…


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