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Divij Joshi is a lawyer and tinkers in technology and policy. He tweets @divijualsuspect.

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Is the Clock Ticking for TikTok’s Intermediary Liability Exemptions?


A recent stand-off between TikTok and ShareChat, two major online social media platforms in India has brought to fore several issues and inconsistencies in India’s intermediary liability regime. On August 23, it was reported that ShareChat, the ostensibly ‘homegrown’ social media app, complied with certain takedown notices sent by TikTok over content which had previously been shared on TikTok, claiming it had ‘exclusive rights’ over such content, and it was being uploaded and shared without authorisation on ShareChat. On August…


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Copyright Innovation

Should Indian Copyright Law Prevent Text and Data Mining?


We are incredibly excited to bring to our readers a guest post by the fantastic Dr. Arul George Scaria, on one of the most cutting-edge developments in technological developments which implicate copyright law – text and data mining and their status under Indian copyright law. Dr. Scaria is an Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC). He is also an Affiliate Faculty of the CopyrightX program, which is a course offered…


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Delhi HC Issues Dozens of Blocking Injunctions under the New ‘Dynamic Injunction’ Process, Asks Government to ‘Suspend Domain Name Registrations’


The Delhi High Court, over the course of a dozen interim orders between July 27 and August 12, 2019, has issued website blocking injunctions for ISPs to block dozens of websites and their mirror/redirect versions, including popular pirate websites Tamilrockers and eztv. The orders are available here. The ex-parte orders, passed in suits instituted by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., compel nine ISPs to block the entire website URL’s for specific websites, and further grant the plaintiff’s ‘dynamic injunctions’, which allows…


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World Intellectual Property Organisation Wants to Create an Opaque, Private and Global ‘Piracy Blacklist’


The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) was created in 1967 as an international, multi-stakeholder body to ‘encourage creativity and protect intellectual property throughout the world.’ It’s a matter of concern, therefore, when a body ostensibly meant to represent diverse interests in matters of intellectual property development chooses to develop a private, arbitrary and non-transparent ‘blacklist’ meant to target advertisement funding of websites. WIPO’s latest proposal, known as the “Building Respect For Intellectual Property Database Project”, is described as – “a…


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Delhi High Court Rules that Moral Rights Offer No Remedy for Destruction of a Work


Does an architect, as the creator and legal ‘author’ of a building having artistic significance, have the right to object to the modification or destruction of their work by the owner of the building? A recent judgement of the Delhi High Court answers this firmly in the negative. In Raj Rewal v Union of India and Ors., Mr. Justice Endlaw has comprehensively rejected the claim that an author’s moral rights over a building take precedence over the rights of the…


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Copyright Innovation

Breaking: Bombay High Court Rules against Statutory Licensing for Online Streaming Services


A recent judgement of the Bombay High Court may have finally put to rest the convoluted saga of the applicability of the statutory licensing scheme under the Copyright Act to online streaming services. In a blow to online music services in India (looking at you, Spotify), in Tips Industries v Wynk Music, Mr. Justice Kathawalla has comprehensively rejected the claim that online streaming services are eligible for being granted statutory licenses for broadcasting under Section 31D of the Copyright Act….


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US Trade Representative Special 301 Report 2019: “Phir Ek Baar, Priority Watch List Ki Vaar”


aka the Priority Watch List Strikes Again. For the 27th year in a row, India has made it to the infamous Priority Watch List in the Special 301 Report – an annual classification exercise by the office of the US Trade Representative, meant to put pressure on nations allegedly not complying with United States’ domestic standards for intellectual property protection. The list classifies certain countries as belonging to a ‘watch list’, or a ‘priority watch list’, and is meant to…


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Copyright

Breaking: Delhi High Court Issues India’s First ‘Dynamic’ Website Blocking Injunction for Copyright Infringement


Online piracy, that bugbear of copyright owners, has received significant attention from courts in India and abroad, which hope to craft an elegant solution to protect rightsholders interests in a digital economy, who face inherent limitations considering the manner in which data sharing and information flows over the internet work. The Delhi High Court through its judgement in UTV v 1337x.to, delivered on April 10, has made a significant contribution to this jurisprudence in India, particularly by crafting a new…


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Copyright

From Betamax to Youtube – How Copyright Laws Have Impacted Innovation


The Sony Betamax case may be familiar to some readers of this blog. The US Supreme Court ruling first elaborated the concept of ‘substantial non-infringing use’ as applied to the sale of technologies which could enable piracy or copyright infringement. In many ways, this ruling and the rationale behind it have been applied to subsequent technologies and regulations around these technologies – from p2p filesharing, to, most recently, online content hosting platforms. The Betamax and its history should be carefully…


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Copyright

Breaking: EU Adopts New Copyright Directive on the Digital Single Market


The European Parliament has voted in the EU Copyright Directive for the Digital Single Market, 348-274. The vote followed high drama and widespread public mobilisation against the proposal, specifically on its impact on the rules for online platforms and user-generated content on the internet. The text of the directive has seen many iterations, but most of the objections to the directive focus on its rules regarding the responsibilities of online platforms which host user generated content, as well as the…


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