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SpicyIP Tidbits


1.The International Music Score Library Project faces closure. In what could be termed as black letter for music aficionados around the world, the IMSL has been shut down after threats from music publishers. Started by a student in Canada, IMSLP was a major resource of music scores of western classical music uploaded by a global community in PDF form. Further IMSLP only collected only scores whose copyright had expired. A befitting tribute and obituary to the Project: IMSLP was a…


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SpicyIP Interview


It will mark the coming together of two exquisites: India, the land of Basmati and the Mysore mallige, and Switzerland, home to precision-engineered Swiss watches, are on the threshold of signing a key bilateral where significant focus rests on IPR issues, specifically Geographical Indications (GIs). In recent years, there have been many high-level visits and regular dialogue between the two governments exploring new ways and means to further strengthen bilateral trade and investment.( Economic times) Felix Ador, Chief Legal Officer…


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Copyright

Creative Commons, Independent Music and TempoStand.com


As with most new internet start-ups, the story of http://www.tempostand.com/, too, begins with a bunch of young techies who have recently graduated from the Dirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT). What’s heartening, from the viewpoint of SpicyIP, is that here is an Indian business venture which has skillfully used alternative IP regimes as central to its business model and in the process is providing a unique service to the world of Indian music (Just as there is…


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The National Knowledge Commission calls for an overhaul of India’s patent process


As most of our readers must know by now, SpicyIP has been a long standing critic of the lack of transparency in the Patent Office’s decision making process. The lack of a real time e-enabled patent database, apart from preventing the strengthening of India’s pre-grant opposition mechanism, also complicates matters for those interested in contributing to IP policy making. SpicyIP had sent a petition in this regard to the Prime Minister’s Office a couple of weeks ago. The National Knowledge…


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Copyright

Bootleg baloney: It’s music to the ears


Seasons’ greetings to all of you! It’s that time of year again. For a small but devoted section of Indian classical music aficionados, this is the time to head to Chennai where the annual ‘music season’ is in full swing. Celebrated during the lunar month known as ‘Margazhi’ in Tamil (mid-December to mid-January), the season has the city reverberating to the drone of the tanpura and the lilt of the mridangam in music concerts organized by the many ‘gana sabhas’,…


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Blawging our way to the front pages of Business Standard


SpicyIP is happy to announce to its readers that we’re ending the year on a happy note. The Business Standard one of India’s leading newspapers carried a front page report on how bloggers, like the SpicyIP Team, are driving India’s IPR agenda! The leading blogs mentioned in the report were SpicyIP, Feroze Ali’s pharmapatents.blogspot.com, Sandeep Rathod’s genericpharmaceuticals.blogspot.com & Varun Chhonker’s patentcircle.blogspot.com. The report goes on to say that the blogs are being recognized for “separating the wheat from the chaff…


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SpicyIP Jobs


1. In house Attorney at Avaya India Private Limited. Company Profile Avaya India, a spin of AT&T Bell Labs and Lucent, is a leading global provider of business communications software and systems. Avaya designs, builds and managescommunications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the Fortune 500 Companies. Job Description The ideal candidate is expected to have a minimum of three to eight years of experience practicing law in India, with a strong…


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Copyright

Copyrights, Music Licenses and New Year Parties


In yet another bid to establish the undeniable importance of IP law in your daily life, SpicyIP, is going to demonstrate how the Law of Copyright is going to impact all you party animals this December 31st. The Hindu recently reported that the Phonographic Performance Ltd.(PPL), a registered copyright society under the Copyright Act, is demanding that all commercial establishments start paying up for the music that they will be playing at year-end parties failing which action will be taken…


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Petition to Increase Transparency at the Indian Patent Office


We wish to sincerely thank our readers and many others who supported us in our drive to increase transparency at the Indian Patent Office. Letters to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh (and other Ministers and public functionaries involved with IP) were sent two weeks back, along with all your signatures. We were pleasantly surprised at receiving support/signatures from unexpected quarters–folks that were interacting regularly with the patent office and ran the risk of attracting their ire. We salute their…


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Moser Baer’s Pricing Strategy: The New Anti-Piracy Model?


Moser Baer, an Indian leader in digital media manufacture (DVD’s and VCD’s) is helping change the piracy paradigm. In a laudable initiative, they are acquiring copyright licenses to a wide range of movies and selling DVD’s/VCD’s for rock bottom prices. Needless to state, this move will reduce the scope for piracy considerably. Illustratively, a normal DVD version of a movie costs around Rs 200 (USD 5) or upwards in India, whereas the version sold by Moser Baer costs around Rs…


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