Copyright

Honey, have you seen the car’s License Agreement?


With the penetration of increasingly complex software and technology, the concepts of intellectual property are getting increasingly muddled with the concepts of ‘ownership’ of property and technology. And the latest victim of this debate is something that hits close to the heart of the petrol-head (and perhaps soon-to-be ‘waterhead’ or ‘volthead’), in me – automobiles. This post deals with the copyright-related issues involved in the ownership and sale of ‘goods’ with embedded software, the current legal positions in the US…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (May 18 – May 24)


This seems to have been quite the active week for us, with a lot of news coming in, and an important announcement! Our ‘Highlights of the Week’ are quite definitely Rupali’s excellent three-part post on Interim Injunctions on the Symed ‘linezolid’ saga, and Shamnad Sir’s announcment. Rupali starts off by giving us the background of the issue, noting how Symed won three interim injunctions against Optimus, Sharon and Glenmark, with only the Glenmark one being vacated later. She then goes in-depth into…


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SpicyIP Tidbit – Physics, Chemistry, Maths and IPR!


The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (‘DIPP’), it would seem, is exceedingly keen on the Draft National IPR Policy’s recommendation to introduce ‘IP teaching’ in educational institutions. Even though is still doing the rounds in the ministers’ offices for comments, after which it shall be placed before the Cabinet for its approval, DIPP is already holding talks with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (‘NCERT’) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (‘CBSE’) to introduce the subject into the school curriculum…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (April 25 – May 3)


In another exciting and busy week for SpicyIP, our Highlight of the Week was Swaraj’s extremely well-written post on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments on the Indian patent regime. Discussing certain quotes from speeches recently made by PM Modi, who stated that Indian patent laws need to be brought up to ‘international standards’, he places them in stark contrast with the previous position of the government, which strongly supported the current patent law regime. He focuses specifically on the pharmaceuticals…


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Guest Post: CopyrightX – Networking Education


CopyrightX is an online course organised by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Harvard University. The course is Prof. William Fisher’s take on the Massive Open Online Course (‘MOOC’) model, with a model that is far more interactive and hands-on that most MOOCs – a ‘networked course‘, as Prof. Fisher puts it. The course includes a residential course on copyright law taught by Prof. Fisher in Harvard and affiliate courses that are taught in affiliated universities, and an online…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (April 12 – April 19, 2015)


This week on SpicyIP, our Highlight of the Week is Spadika’s post on a Brazillian team finally seeking permission to milk the benefits of the Ongole Bull, a species that is indigenous to Andhra Pradesh. She notes that while S. 3 of the Biological Diversity Act mandates that an approval from the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) be taken before ‘foreigners’ obtain any biological resources, including animals and their by-products, or any knowledge associated with the same for research or commercial…


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Network Neutrality Toolkit


Network Neutrality is, simply put, one of the bulwarks of the existence of the internet as we know it. It is one of the major reasons for the freedom that the internet provides, the freedom that has revolutionised the world and ushered in the ‘Information Era’. We have covered this issue in our previous posts here and here. This post essentially intends to create a toolkit/primer for Network Neutrality, for anyone who wishes to understand the concept better. For that…


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Netflix Going Global?


Netflix, it appears, wants to take its content archives global. But the problem is, a lot of the content that Netflix provides access to is actually provided under licenses which put geographical restrictions on the places where the content can be provided. So Netflix has argued, and kudos to them for this, that their move to go global is aimed at countering piracy. This is not an empty claim. There is an increasingly popular line of thought which argues that…


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SpicyIP Tidbit – TRAI OTT Consultations on OTT Licensing and Network Neutrality


The Shreya Singhal judgment, which declared the censorious S.66A unconstitutional, has indubitably been a huge victory for free speech in India, from the perspective of the users and the intermediaries, both. Yet, the struggle for free speech on the cyberspace in India is not yet over. There are multiple issues that still need to be addressed, one of the most crucial of them being that of Network Neutrality (see our previous posts on this issue here and here). Recently, the…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (March 22 – March 30, 2015)


In what has been an extremely exciting week for SpicyIP, we have had several interesting developments, including Swaraj’s post on Data exclusivity, Anubha’s post on the IPRS, Dr. Arul’s post on copyright and access to law (more on each below), but the the SpicyIP Highlight of the Week goes to Madhulika’s two posts on the Glenmark-Merck dispute. In her first post on the issue, Madhulika analyses the injunction granted to Merck by the Delhi High Court against Glenmark, for the…


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