Author name: Arushi Gupta

Arushi is a hedonist who loves to read up on IPR to justify that we all have problems. Science hates her, so she settles for copyright and trademark. She can be reached at [email protected]

SpicyIP Weekly Review (September 2-8)

This week, Divij Joshi wrote on the TikTok and ShareChat dispute, where TikTok served the latter with takedown notices, claiming it had ‘exclusivity’ over the content. Subsequently, ShareChat wrote to the Government, asking it to clarify whether TikTok is an intermediary, under Section 79 of the IT Act. To this effect, Divij asks a pertinent question—‘whether TikTok’s claims of ownership or ‘exclusivity’ over certain content on its platform change its status as an intermediary qualified for the exemptions under Section …

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SpicyIP Weekly Review (August 26-31)

Last week, Rishabh Mohnot had reported that the IPAB’s website ( was malfunctioning. This week, Rishabh wrote a report on the reasons for this. In his report, he states that the domain name was voluntarily auctioned to a private party on 2nd May this year! Further, the domain name, ending with ‘org’ has flouted the Guidelines for Indian Government Websites (GIGW) 2018, under which a Government website must possess the secondary domain name ‘gov’. Thus, he suggests that the auction …

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Hello Identity, Are You There? It’s Me, the Right of Publicity!

When FaceApp took the Internet by storm, there was furor over its broadly worded privacy policy. FaceApp is not alone, as there is similar backlash against Facebook’s vaguely worded terms. For instance, take a look at this term in Facebook’s policy: “Permission to use your name, profile picture, and information about your actions with ads and sponsored content: You give us permission to use your name and profile picture and information about actions you have taken on Facebook next to …

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