Copyright

US Supreme Court’s Decision on Copyrightability of Annotations to Official Code of Georgia: Can It Inspire the Access to Law Movement in India?


We are delighted to bring to our readers an insightful post by Dr. Arul George Scaria on the US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Georgia et al., v. Public.Resource.Org holding that annotations to the official code of Georgia are not copyrightable. In this post, he makes a case for the adoption of the government edicts doctrine by Indian courts to foster greater ‘access to law’ in India. Dr. Scaria is an Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Centre…


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Trademark

Is Sub-Licensing of Trademarks Permitted under Indian Law? : An Alternate Interpretation


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Kapil Wadhwa on the issue of permissibility of sub-licensing of trademarks in India. Last week, Latha had discussed this issue on the blog, arguing that sub-licensing is not permitted under Trade Marks Act. In this post, Kapil provides a different interpretation of the statutory provisions and argues that the Indian law does permit sub-licensing of trademarks. Kapil is an intellectual property law practitioner based out of New Delhi and a…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (April 20 – 26)


(This post has been authored by our intern, Bhavik Shukla, a 5th year student at NLIU, Bhopal) Topical Highlight Namratha wrote about Cancer Patients Aid Association’s (‘CPAA’) call for revocation of Gilead’s Remdesivir, a drug being tested as a probable cure for COVID-19. She states that Remdesivir was granted a patent in India in February 2020, and that it has been touted as ‘essential’ for treatment of COVID-19 patients suffering from other serious health conditions simultaneously. She further notes that…


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Events Sponsored

SpicyIP Events: Sagacious IP’s Virtual Conference on the Occasion of World IP Day [April 28]


We’re pleased to inform you that Sagacious IP is organizing a virtual conference on the occasion of World IP Day on ‘How MSMEs can Innovate and Lead into a Green Future’. The Conference is scheduled to be held on April 28, 2020. For further details, please read the announcement below: Virtual Conference on ‘How MSMEs can Innovate and Lead into a Green Future’ on the Occasion of World IP Day [April 28] To mark the occasion of World IP Day, Sagacious…


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Others

Regarding the Scrapping of the IPAB


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Justice (Retd.) Prabha Sridevan on the shutting down of IPAB (our recent series of posts on which can be viewed here). Justice Sridevan needs no introduction – she served as a judge of the Madras High Court from 2000 to 2010 and as the Chairperson of the IPAB from 2011 to 2013 and her stint as both resulted in a number of significant IP developments, which we have covered here, here, here and here….


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Copyright

Offence of Copyright Infringement Cognizable or Not? : Still a Catch 22 Situation!


We’re pleased to bring to you another post by our intern, Bhavik Shukla, discussing whether the offence of copyright infringement under section 63 of the Copyright Act is cognizable or not. Through the post, he notes the impact of the classification of the offence on creativity and free speech. Bhavik is a 5th year student at NLIU, Bhopal. Offence of Copyright Infringement Cognizable or Not? : Still a Catch 22 Situation! Bhavik Shukla Recently, in a decision which has evoked…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (April 13 – 19)


(This post has been authored by our intern, Bhavik Shukla, a 5th year student at NLIU, Bhopal) Topical Highlight In an important and pertinent post, Namratha discussed the applicability of India’s fair use provisions to the use of copyrighted works for online education during the current COVID-19 pandemic. First, she notes that the scope of fair use under section 52(1)(i) of the Copyright Act is not merely limited to classroom teaching but to the entire process of education, including online…


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Sponsored

Considering an Online Master’s? Explore UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law’s Intellectual Property Law Offerings


We’re pleased to inform you that the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is offering a range of graduate IP law programs online. The priority application deadline for these programs is July 1. For further details, please refer to the announcement below: Considering an Online Master’s? Explore UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law’s Intellectual Property Law Offerings The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all our lives in unexpected ways. While the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law has…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (April 6 -12)


(This post has been authored by our intern, Bhavik Shukla, a 5th year student at NLIU, Bhopal) Topical Highlight Our Fellowship applicant, Anupriya discussed the copyright-related issues thrown up in light of the recent ‘Genda Phool’ row. She begins by stating that an absolute right to claim authorship exists under the Indian copyright law, and Badshah’s rendition of the song ‘Boroloker Biti Lo’ would be an infringement of Ratan Kahar’s exclusive rights over it. By way of policy implications, she…


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Copyright

Copyright in Unpublished Works: What Constitutes Publication?


We’re pleased to bring to you a riveting guest post by Dr. Sunanda Bharti, exploring issues related to copyright in unpublished works in India. Among others, she looks into the question as to when is a work considered published or what constitutes publication of a work. Sunanda is an Assistant Professor in Law at Delhi University. She has written several guest posts for us in the past as well, which can be viewed here, here, here, here and here. Copyright in Unpublished Works: What…


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