Copyrights

Copyright and Music – Licenses in India

If you’re in India and have ever been near an elevator, you’ve probably heard Kenny G playing the saxophone. Owners of malls, hospitals, independent retail outlets, housing quarters and practically every lift (elevator) seem to have a particular proclivity toward choosing the instrumental music of…


Delhi High Court bowls out T20 ICC World Cup Copyright Infringement

When the cricket fever has caught on, in the Indian subcontinent with the ICC T20 World Cup matches providing some nail biting excitement, the Hon’ble Delhi Court has, at the perfect moment, granted an interim injunction restraining several entities mainly appearing to be pubs, cafes and…


After Trademarks, it is now time for Copyright to decide on Parallel Imports

Proviso to Section 2(m) It is significant to note that this major initiative comes in the wake of the efforts by the Ministry of Human Resource Development Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee to insert the following proviso to Section 2(m)(dealing with “infringing copy”) of the…


Things are looking “rosy” for Gulaab Gang... for now

It seems to have become a norm in India these days to rake up some controversy before a film’s release. It is almost always either intellectual property (copyright or trademark) violation or defamation. This time apparently it is both! Gulaab Gang is a Hindi film which apparently deals with social…


Copyright Office – Still in the game!

I just looked back on our posts and noticed that we have been bringing to you many posts about the changes in the Trademark, Patent and Designs Office but haven’t been giving due attention to the Copyright Office (not that much has happened in a while) To be perfectly honest, I always felt that the…


Yoga and IP: Stretched too far?

Yoga is one of the oldest physical and spiritual exercises known to mankind. It is collective knowledge and has been believed to be in existence from around 2500 B.C. Come to think of it, there should be no intellectual property battle over it – it is India’s traditional knowledge and no single…


Who owns the copyright in a movie? The director or the producer?

A movie has different elements that make it what it is. You have the story line (which is understood through the dialogues and the script), the sound tracks that enhance the movie experience as a whole, the costumes and the choices of location, and of course the acting. Therefore, a great deal of…


Copyright for Everyone

At the risk of over-simplifying things and shooting myself in the foot, copyright is the stream of intellectual property law that protects individual’s creative work. Take for example when you are enjoying a meal at a restaurant; if you were to stop and think about it, copyright exists in the music…