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arunjaitley.com – A Case of Cybersquatting


In this post, I will cover the decision of the Delhi High Court in the cybersquatting case relating to the domain name www.arunjaitley.com FACTS OF THE CASE: The plaintiff in this case, Arun Jaitley, is the well known politician and leader of the BJP. He wished to register the domain www.arunjaitley.combut found that the domain had already been registered as of the year 2009. The plaintiff sent a letter to Network Solutions (the 2nd defendant) requesting registration on 16th July,…


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SpicyIP Events: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights: Second Annual National Workshop for Law Students


SpicyIP is pleased to announce the second edition of the Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights Annual Workshop, a great opportunity for students across the country, organised by the Inter University Centre for IPR Studies in association with HRD Chair on IPR, Cochin University of Science and Technology. We had blogged about the first annual workshop here. This year’s workshop is to be held from January 12 to 14, 2012 and the theme is “Indian Patent Law: Social Overtones”. Objectives of the…


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Demise of Sri. N. R. Subbaram, former Controller of Patents and Design


SpicyIP is sad to report the demise of Sri. N. R. Subbaram, former Controller of Patents and Design and former head Intellectual Property Management Division, CSIR. He passed away on June 27, 2011 after a brief illness. Subbaram Sir was a noted IPR Consultant with expertise in patent law and policy. He headed the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Intellectual Property Management Division for 13 years and played a pivotal role in challenging the turmeric patent and getting it…


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Copyright

Tattoos: Can We Copyright That Too?


Those of you who watched The Hangover 2 might have noticed the tattoo on the face of one of the actors, that looked curiously similar to the one Mike Tyson, the famous boxer, has. Interestingly, the tattoo artist responsible for designing Tyson’s tattoo went to the Federal District Court, demanding that the screening of the movie be stopped on grounds of copyright infringement. He claimed that the movie producers didn’t seek his permission before using the same design on the…


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Copyright

A Love Story about Piracy – Movie Review: Partners in Crime


How often do criminals evaluate the pros and cons of their criminal acts? ‘Rarely’ would be a fairly appropriate answer. But when we are dealing with ‘pirates‘, there seems to be a certain mode of rationalisation that may appear prudent to even the most conservative amongst us. Take for instance a scene from the film in which a prolific pirate, who has downloaded an exhaustive collection of films, music and videos, when asked whether he understood that what he did…


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Competition Law Copyright

Bollywood Wars: Multiplex Owners v. Film Producer/Distributors


In this post, I will cover the recent order of the Competition Commission of India concerning the dispute between the film producers and multiplex owners in India, with a focus on the intellectual property issues that have escaped mainstream attention. Background to the Order In early 2009, a dispute arose between multiple Bollywood film producers/distributors and multiplex owners, with the former stopping the release of several of their films till their demands were met. The dispute hinged on the producers’…


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Copyright

Copyright Licenses in the Cloud


In this post, I will focus on the licensing issues in the new cloud based services provided by Google and Amazon. As always, I write with the hope that the Indian labels will eventually recognise the onset of the digital age in music and by understanding the issues as and when they come up internationally, they will be in a better position to provide a seamless service to its users when they finally decide to set up such services in…


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Copyright

Guest Post: One glass of Lime (-wire) juice? That will be 75 trillion, please


We are pleased to bring to our readers a post by Tarun Krishnakumar, a first year student of NLSIU on copyright infringement claims against file sharing application owning companies, in specific – Limewire. This post is part of a series of posts on the topic. Not twelve billion dollars, not twelve million, not twelve thousand but TWELVE is the number of zeroes in the dollar figure, one which is incidentally five times the US Gross Domestic Product, claimed by the…


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Event

SpicyIP Announcements: Fellowships for M. Phil/ Ph.D Scholars at CUSAT


The Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology is inviting applications for short term fellowships of Rs 5000/- ( Rupees Five Thousand only) for a maximum period of three months for M. Phil/ Ph.D scholars in IPR related areas who have already registered in any recognised Universities in India. The fellowship, of short duration seeks to facilitate M.Phil/Ph.D students registered for M.Phil/ Ph.D in IPR related areas in any discipline in any recognised University in…


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Copyright

Copyright Compulsory Licensing Disputes: Copyright Board lacks Jurisdiction


In this post, I will cover two decisions that deal with the question of whether the Copyright Board has the power to grant an interim compulsory license based on interim royalty rates. In this case of Reliance Broadcast Network Limited v. Super Cassettes Industries Limited, the applicant (Reliance) filed an application on 9th November, 2011 under S.31(b) of the Copyright Act for grant of compulsory license. The applicant demanded an interim order to be allowed to broadcast the songs, based…


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