Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik is at present employed as a Research Associate and a Teaching Assistant at The W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He has obtained his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS itself and is also currently pursuing his LL.M. degree from the same university. From his very year at law school, he had been attracted towards the discipline of Intellectual Property and that interest has been kindled further in course of time. The interface between IP and other disciplines such as Economics, Anti-trust Law, Human Rights, World Trade Law and the technological developments relating thereto, has especially caught his attention since then. He’s authored several papers on issues relating to IP and other legal disciplines for journals, books, magazines and conferences in national as well as international levels. He is also currently co-heading an organization called Lexbiosis, which is an endeavor meant to facilitate the collaboration between the legal industry and academia.

Copyright

Guest Post: Website Blocking to Prevent Copyright Infringement: A Comparison of the Indian and UK Approaches Part 1


Majority of the Spicy IP readers are no doubt already aware of the hornet’s nest that promises to be stirred in the debate between freedom of expression of thought and belief, especially via cyber media, and reasonable restrictions imposed to prevent publication of objectionable and copyrighted content. In the relating ongoing controversy involving Website moguls like Facebook and Google (India), the Delhi High Court has recently even mooted options of blocking the offending websites, as has been seen in the…


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Call for Papers: School of Law, Christ University Inaugural Law Journal


The Journals and Publications Society, School of Law, Christ University, invites contributions on current or contemporary issues of law for the inaugural peer-reviewed edition of its Law Journal to be published in March, 2012. The Journal is an effort by the Journals and Publications Society to promote and encourage legal research and writing in the legal community. The School of law, Christ University welcomes original and well researched submissions from legal professionals, activists, academics and students. Submission Guidelines: Submissions entertained…


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Copyright

Bombay High Court advises Auditoriums against lodging Criminal Complaints against IPRS


The battle between the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) and the Stage Performance Scrutiny Board (SPSB) assumed a new hue recently, when the latter was directed by the Bombay High Court to withdraw a circular that it had issued earlier, seeking to de-recognize IPRS and directing auditoriums to lodge criminal complaints against IPRS, if the latter continues to insist on the requirement of No Objection Certificates for live stage performances based on copyrighted songs. IPRS had also issued a written…


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GIIP announces Off-Campus Learning Program


(Image taken from here)The readers of Spicy IP would doubtless have already come across the Global Institute of Intellectual Property (GIIP), an institute that offers courses adhering to international standards on IP generation, protection, commercialization and management. GIIP is soon going to offer what promises to be a very useful course as a natural extension of their instructor-led training programs. Named the GIIP Off-Campus Learning Program (OCL), it is meant for those who wish to gain expertise in IP or…


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Off-Topic: Call for Papers – Journal of Indian Law & Society


The Journal of Indian Law & Society (JILS) is currently soliciting submissions for its third issue due in February, 2012. The deadline for submissions is 15th November, 2011. Submissions should be mailed at JILS is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed and student-edited journal on law and society, based at and published from The National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. The Journal solicits articles, notes and comments covering judicial decisions, legislative developments, empirical research on Indian legal system, public policy studies and theoretical…


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Off-Topic: Call for Papers – The Journal of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Law


The Journal of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Law (JTBL) is an international peer-reviewed, student-edited journal of National University of Juridical Sciences, India. Dedicated to pioneer legal scholarship in the field of telecommunication and broadcasting laws and addressing a global scholarly community, JTBL strives to publish relevant research on said disciplines. The Journal encourages deliberations on subjects of interdisciplinary nature and would include review of laws and policies involved in the field. The Journal of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Law is inviting submissions…


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Managing IP brings India IP Focus 8th Edition


The regular readers of Spicy IP may already be familiar with Managing IP, an organization providing global resources for IP news and analysis, whose IP webinars have often been announced and reported in the past in this blog (here, for example). One of the resource units in the Managing IP website concentrates exclusively on relevant and contemporary India-specific IP issues, titled India IP Focus. The latest edition of India IP focus, for example, brings for the readers a wonderful repository…


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New Franklin Pierce Centre for IP opens at the University of New Hampshire School of Law


(Image taken from here)The IP activities in the University of New Hampshire School of Law just got a boost with the new Franklin Pierce Centre for Intellectual Property that is scheduled to be formally inaugurated over September 30 and October 1, 2011. The inaugural ceremony is going to feature among other things a high-profile academic conference on IP and the Innovation System [involving current issues in patents, trademarks, and copyright, as well as property theories and security interests], a panel…


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Copyright

Delhi HC’s Ruling on the ‘Guiding Principle’ of Public Domain & Fair Use


(Image taken from here)Last month, the Delhi High Court had come up with quite an interesting interpretation of copyright in literary work and the concept of fair use on August 3, 2011. Facts: In this case, titled Syndicate of the Press of the University of Cambridge v. B.D. Bhandari & Ors. [RFA (OS) No.21 of 2009 and FAO (OS) No.458 of 2008], the Cambridge Press (Appellants) had alleged that the Respondents were publishing and selling guidebooks that contained illegal and…


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Trademark

Christian Louboutin Sees Red—New York Court Refuses to Stop Yves Saint Laurent’s Use of Red!


The followers of Spicy IP, especially the fashion-conscious ones, may be interested in having a look at the following guest post by Sujata Chaudhri, Esq,.a lawyer specializing on U.S. trademark law, a former partner at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., a leading U.S. IP law firm, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire Law School and a member of the Advisory Council of Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. The Spicy IP team thanks Ms….


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