Divij Joshi

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

Designs

Calcutta High Court Clarifies the Scope of ‘New And Original Design’ and the Responsibility Of Controller In Issuing Orders In Two Recent Decisions


The Calcutta High Court in two recent decisions has clarified some important aspects of the Designs Act, 2000 (“the Act”). Both cases were appeals to the High Court against the orders of the Controller of Designs, under Section 36 the Act. Our previous posts on the law of designs in India are available here. Case No. 1: Controller Must Pass Reasoned Orders In Krishna Plastic Industries vs Controller Of Patents And Designs, the subject matter of the Appeal was an…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (May 7 –13)


Our topical highlights this week were both provided by Prof. Basheer. The first post was the news that the DU Photocopy Case finally reached its closure, with the Supreme Court, in a bench consisting of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha, refusing leave to the Indian Reprographic Rights Organization (“IRRO”) to appeal against the judgement of the Delhi High Court in the DU Photocopy Case. Given that the IRRO was only an intervener in the original suit, the Supreme Court…


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Copyright Innovation

You Wouldn’t Stream a Car – What Netflix’s Refusal to Bow to Pirates Means for Digital Piracy


On April 28, 2017, a hacker/s called ‘thedarkoverlord’ managed to exploit a weak point in Netflix’s security, and hijacked a copy of the first 10 episodes of its hugely popular original series Orange Is the New Black, threatening to release these episodes to the public unless Netflix agreed to pay an unspecified ransom amount. Given that each episode costs an estimated 4 Million USD to produce, one would assume that they would be anxious, to say the least, to protect…


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Copyright Innovation

Copyright on the Blockchain? Collection Societies Team Up With IBM to Prototype a New Rights Management System


Blockchain is the buzzword among new industries looking to leverage a technology which has recently been labelled by the Harvard Business Review as a ‘foundational technology’, with ‘the potential to create new foundations for our economic and social systems.’ The music industry seems keen to put this promise to the test. Recently, three of the largest member-owned music collection societies in the world, namely the American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers…


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