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SpicyIP Weekly Review (September 9-15)


Prashant analysed the challenges highlighted by a recent report released by the Indian Music Industry (IMI) and Deloitte: (i) Music Piracy:  He states that it is not very relevant in a day and age where everyone has free access to music if s/he has access to the internet. (ii) Value-gap: He agrees with the report’s stance on the issue of value-gap due to legislative measures such as: (1) Section 31D of the Copyright Act, which allows the radio and television industry to…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (September 2-8)


This week, Divij Joshi wrote on the TikTok and ShareChat dispute, where TikTok served the latter with takedown notices, claiming it had ‘exclusivity’ over the content. Subsequently, ShareChat wrote to the Government, asking it to clarify whether TikTok is an intermediary, under Section 79 of the IT Act. To this effect, Divij asks a pertinent question—‘whether TikTok’s claims of ownership or ‘exclusivity’ over certain content on its platform change its status as an intermediary qualified for the exemptions under Section…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (August 26-31)


Last week, Rishabh Mohnot had reported that the IPAB’s website (ipabindia.org) was malfunctioning. This week, Rishabh wrote a report on the reasons for this. In his report, he states that the domain name was voluntarily auctioned to a private party on 2nd May this year! Further, the domain name, ending with ‘org’ has flouted the Guidelines for Indian Government Websites (GIGW) 2018, under which a Government website must possess the secondary domain name ‘gov’. Thus, he suggests that the auction…


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Mission Report: What is the Current Status of IPAB’s Website?


Last week, I had reported that IPAB’s website was malfunctioning. It had been displaying untoward links that did not belong on a website run by the IPAB, or any other tribunal for that matter! My guess (based on gossip travelling around the grapevine) was that this was a successful hacking attempt, and nothing more. Indeed, this conclusion would sit well with current trends, with the there being at least 25 reported instances of successful hacking attempts of government websites only…


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The Shamnad Basheer IP/Trade Fellowship with Texas A&M University School of Law [Apply by Sep 15]


A picture of Prof Shamnad Basheer

Even as we continue to come to terms with the passing of Prof. Shamnad Basheer, it has been of some comfort to hear of the various initiatives and ideas that people have started considering to help continue carry his legacy forward, in both the IDIA community as well as the IP community. While we look forward to seeing many of these ideas bloom, we are pleased to bring to our readers news of one such initiative that has just been…


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SpicyIP Fortnightly Review (August 11-25)


This month, we received the tragic news of the passing away of our Founder and Chief Mentor, Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer. He touched the lives of all of us here at SpicyIP in innumerable ways and always encouraged us with our work at the blog on a day-to-day basis. His loss cannot be put into words, but we hope to honour his legacy by continuing the good work he started with SpicyIP. See the tribute penned for our blog by…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: IPAB Website Malfunctioning!


In January this year, we had reported that the IPAB website was down, leaving the latest orders and judgments of the IPAB inaccessible. For the last few days, we have noticed that the website is back online. But it is not exactly good news, as the website seems to be displaying links that allow one to check their Passenger Name Record (PNR) status for trains online rather than orders passed by the tribunal. Click here and see for yourself! We…


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Shamnad Basheer (1976–2019): The Man, the Academic and the Friend


While we’re all struggling to come to terms with the heart breaking loss of our Founder and Chief Mentor, Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer, we bring to you a lovely tribute to him by Prashant Reddy or the “Prolific” Prashant, as Prof. Basheer often used to fondly call him. Prashant was invited by Prof. Basheer to join the blog in 2007 and had since then worked very closely with him towards fostering transparency in the Indian IP ecosystem, both through regular…


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Keep Shining Upon Us, Our Guiding Star – Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer (1976 – 2019)


We are saddened beyond words to inform you that our Founder and Chief Mentor, Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer, has passed away in an unfortunate accident. As our readers know, his contribution to legal scholarship, especially intellectual property rights in India, was unparalleled. Beyond that, he established IDIA, which gave wings to the dreams of numerous aspiring law students from marginalized backgrounds to access legal education. His body of work is only matched by his personality – incredibly kind, loving, caring,…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (July 29 – August 4)


This week, we had a guest post by Eashan Ghosh on Suzuki Motor v. Suzuki India, a Delhi HC ruling dealing with the trademark infringement of the trade mark ‘SUZUKI’. After giving a brief overview of the case, he then delves into how portions of the judgment have been copied word to word from The Timken Company v. Timken Services, a 2013 Delhi HC judgment. He further delves into the Court’s 3 different renditions of delay and the problem in applying…


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