Copyrights

Copyright Protection for Photographers in India

Photographs are protected under copyright law as artistic work under Section 2 (c) of Copyright Act 1957 in India. Photographs are protected under the law of Copyright as it has been included as an artistic work. Although, the quality is immaterial to qualify the work as an artistic work [so a bad…


Bollywood and Copyright- “Infringement or Inspiration”

Bollywood for a long time now, has been taking inspiration from Hollywood movies, not only Hollywood but South Indian movies too but at times, they have gone too far with taking “Inspiration”, and actually started “Infringing” others rights; or was that always the case? Before 2010, the answer to…


DU Copyright Case - Easy Access to education or yet another loop hole

The much-anticipated ruling in the appeal filed by the Publishers in The Chancellor, Masters & Scholars of University of Oxford v. Rameshwari Photocopy Services case was pronounced on December 9, 2016 by the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court. A detailed account on the facts and other…


ISRA wins yet another case at the Delhi High Court

The Indian Singers’ Rights Association (ISRA) on 30th September won yet another case at the Delhi High Court against Night Fever Club & Lounge, Delhi. This is the second of its kind in recent times with the first being two months ago against Chapter 25 Bar and Restaurant, Delhi where performers…


A new occurrence in the Delhi University Copyright Case

The much spoken about verdict pronounced by Justice Endlaw on the Delhi University Copy right case has yet again grabbed everyone's attention as the Publishers filed an appeal against the decision. The Delhi high court after a series of litigation had held that the making of course packs for the…


Supreme Court re-affirms - No royalty for lyricists and music composers

Undoubtedly, lyricists (the authors of literary works) and music composers of a song (musical work) are the true and first owners as far as copyright is concerned. However, the Hon’ble Supreme Court is of a different view and in International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers…


A breakthrough for Indian Copyright Law

The Delhi High Court on the 16th of September, 2016 pronounced a landmark verdict in the case of The Chancellor, Masters & Scholars of The University of Oxford & ors. Vs. Rameshwari Photocopy Services & Anr that is likely to bring about a far-flung impact on the copyright laws in India…


“Viewing pirated videos/films will not land you in jail” – Setting A wrong precedent?

The buzz about legality of watching pirated movies on blocked websites has been doing the rounds for a while. The Bombay High Court in Eros International Media Limited v.  Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, pronounced that “mere viewing of blocked websites and its content (the pirated movie) is not an…


Online broadcasting now within the purview of the Copyright Act

Broadcasting rights and its statutory licensing under the Copyright Act is dealt under the provisions of Section 31D, inserted by virtue of the 2012 Amendment. Section 31D allows “Any broadcasting organization desirous of communicating to the public by way of a broadcast or by way of performance of…


Version Recordings and Indian legislation

Version Recordings as defined by Justice Mukul Mudgal are such sound recordings which being inspired by the original melody, are a distinct interpretation in presentation, rhythm and orchestral arrangement. In India, a nation that flourishes with Bollywood motion pictures as well as music, the…