Copyright

Guest Post: Is There Knowledge


We are pleased to bring to our readers a guest piece by Sooraj K Abraham, on the standard of ‘knowledge’ in copyright infringement cases online. In this piece he suggests an alternate system to screen content for infringements. While I do not find his pre-publishing screening suggestion to be a practical one, given that roughly 48 hours of video are uploaded to sites like Youtube every minute, it is an issue worth examining with the recent takedown of Megaupload, a…


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Trademark

ICICI Bank Domain Name Dispute


There seems to be an increasing trend towards cybersquatting in recent times, particularly by parties in foreign jurisdictions, who register domain names that are strikingly similar to well known trademarks in India. In this post I will cover a recent domain name dispute decision delivered by Justice Sistani of the Delhi High Court, involving ICICI Bank Ltd. (The decision can be found here)  Background to the Case  In this case, ICICI Bank filed a suit for permanent injunction to restrain…


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Copyright

Multiplexes to Show Anti-Piracy Clips. Oops! They’re Doing It Again.


In a landmark move set to highlight India’s strong anti-piracy stance, the Ministry for Information & Broadcasting has issued directions to all multiplex owners that an anti-piracy clip is to be shown to audiences each time before the movie is shown.  Involvement of FICCI  The move came from a request made by FICCI after extensive discussions were held in a conference organized by it in Mumbai on 17th October and the issue was raised by Yash Raj Chopra. FICCI will…


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Microsoft Continues its IP Enforcement Drive, Wins Damages


We have yet another case of Microsoft seeking and receiving punitive damages for pirated software being used by a small hardware manufacturer in the course of sale of its products. The decision can be viewed here.  The Present Case   In this case, Microsoft alleged that the defendants, a business entity engaged in marketing and selling computer hardware, including assembled desktops and other peripherals. It appears that the vendors were in the habit of pre-installing unauthorised and unlicensed copies of…


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Event

SpicyIP Announcements: National Seminar on Critical Issues in International Commercial Arbitration 2012


SpicyIP is pleased to announce that the National Law Institute University, Bhopal, in association with the University Grants Commission is organising a seminar titled “National Seminar on Critical Issues in International Commercial Arbitration 2012” on 3rd and 4th March, 2012. In their endeavor to encourage scholarship in the area of Corporate Law among law students, CBCL is specifically looking forward to receiving scholarly articles on the subject of Critical Issues in International Commercial Arbitration authored by students, faculties and academicians…


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Trademark

‘Internet’ Domain Name Dispute. Quite Literally.


We’ve covered domain name disputes before, but nothing quite like the case (which can be accessed here) that recently came up before the Delhi High Court, the judgement for which was delivered on 14th December by Justice Murlidhar. On one side, we have the petitioner trying to defend his registration of the domain name www.internet.in and on the other, we have a registered trademark proprietor trying to challenge the registration on the ground that he is the owner of the…


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Event

SpicyIP Announcements: NLSIR Public Law Symposium on "Adjudication of Socio-Economic Rights by the Indian Supreme Court"


SpicyIP is pleased to announce that the National Law School of India Review, the flagship journal of National Law School of India University, Bangalore will be organising the first NLSIR Public Law Symposium to be held on 10 December, 2011 at the National Law School campus. The theme of the symposium is “Adjudication of Socio-Economic Rights by the Indian Supreme Court“, an issue which has seen significant legal developments in the recent past. The symposium will be attended by renowned legal luminaries including Justice…


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Copyright

The Dewarists Television Show in Copyright Trouble?


The Dewarists, a television program produced by Star India, which follows musicians from different parts of the world, collaborating to produce original compositions, while travelling across India. has received critical acclaim from viewers since it was first broadcast a month or so ago. But like many television shows that exceed expectations and have surging popularity, it too has become immersed in a copyright dispute. It is reported that the Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the producers of…


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Event

Intellectual Asset Management magazine – IP Hall of Fame 2012 open for nominations


SpicyIP is pleased to announce that the IP Hall of Fame is welcoming new inductees, to be judged by the IP Hall of Fame Academy. What is the IP Hall of Fame? The IP Hall of Fame honours those who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of intellectual property law and practice. Devised and developed by leading IP publication Intellectual Asset Management magazine, it identifies individuals who have helped to establish intellectual property as one of the key…


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Copyright

Shah Rukh Khan’s RA.One in Copyright Dispute


Shah Rukh Khan’s latest film venture, RA.One, an expensive affair to begin with, just got costlier by Rs. One crore, for a potential intellectual property rights violation. This isn’t the first time the release of an expected Bollywood blockbuster has been hindered by the prospect of having violated provisions of the Indian Copyright Act. Interestingly in this case, the court did not not stay the release of the film, but rather asked SRK’s company, Red Chillies Entertainment to deposit Rs….


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