Avatar

Balu Nair

Balu completed his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata and LL.M. from Melbourne Law School as an Alex Chernov Scholar. He is currently a Lecturer at Jindal Global Law School and is also Assistant Editor at Indian Law Review. He can be reached at [email protected]

Design Others Patent Trademark

Call for empanelment of facilitators- Scheme for Facilitating Start Ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP)


Background Earlier this year, the Government of India had come out with an Action Plan for its flagship ‘Start-Up India’ initiative. The initiative is aimed at building “a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and Startups in the country that will drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities.” Under the Action Plan, a number of key ‘Action Points’ are provided for, which are aimed at realising the objective of the initiative. Among these, Action Point 4 provides for…


Read More »
Copyright

Is obscurity a greater risk than piracy?


    What better time to take up this debate than now when Anurag Kashyap, the director of Udta Punjab, has himself said that he does not care two hoots about the movie being downloaded online once the movie releases in the cinemas. Though he has urged everyone to desist from torrenting the movie till it is released (for wholly unrelated reasons), he made it clear that he is not in any way against the downloading of movies online and…


Read More »
Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (11 June-18 June)


As to the Highlight of the Week, we were hard pressed to choose a winner and have a tie between Professor Shamnad Basheer’s timely and hard hitting take on the need to distinguish the merit of a judgement from its length and Balaji Subramanian’s stellar two part post on the constitutionality of state laws that criminalise copyright infringement. The week got off to a flying start with the excellent post by Professor Basheer, originally carried in the Wire, on the…


Read More »
Copyright

The not so happy stories e-books tell you


The rise of e-books in the past decade or so has brought about path breaking changes in the preferences of readers as well as in the way publishing industry does business with authors and end customers. Moreover, their rise has re-modelled many of the conventional practices one associates with the publication and sale of a book. An instance of this is highlighted in a recent post on techdirt.com, which points out the lack of transparency, in the payment of royalty…


Read More »