Category: Copyright

Whose Work Is It Anyway? -Non-Fungible Tokens and Its Tryst With Copyrights

The horizons of what could be achieved with technology has stretched farther than we could imagine. When Christopher Torres, the creator of the ‘Nyan Cat’ gif, published its corresponding token through the crypto-art platform foundation, he did not have the slightest idea that it would sell for over 300 ETH (approximately equal to $590,000). Similarly, … Continue reading Whose Work Is It Anyway? -Non-Fungible Tokens and Its Tryst With Copyrights

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Online Piracy of Live Sport Events: EU parliament’s New Regime

Recently, in May 2021, the European Parliament adopted a new regime to combat online piracy of sports-related events. The increased online piracy was due to the development in digital technology as well as the rapid increase of digital content to sports fans across the world. The report by the Synamedia and Ampere Analysis found that … Continue reading Online Piracy of Live Sport Events: EU parliament’s New Regime

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The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021: The Debate of Rights V. Piracy

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting recently announced the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021 (‘Bill’, hereinafter). The bill has been aimed ‘to tackle the menace of film piracy’, and comes as an amended iteration of the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2019 which received severe backlash from the industry experts. However, even the amended bill finds itself shrouded … Continue reading The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021: The Debate of Rights V. Piracy

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The Utility of Artist’s Resale Right

INTRODUCTION Droit de suite or Artist’s Resale Right (ARR), a concept that traces its origin to France in the 1860s, exists as an economic justification for all that the artists lose during their creative lifetime. ARR is considered a moral right of the artist. The share in the resale indicates that when later the value … Continue reading The Utility of Artist’s Resale Right

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Work of Fiction: Idea or Expression?

Ironman, Batman, Tarzan, Mickey Mouse, James Bond, Harry Potter are not merely names but are “cultural heuristics,” with the power to transport, amaze, horrify, and inspire. All of us, on a daily basis, delve into their stories and associate with them on a personal level, even get inspired by them sometimes. Characters may be described … Continue reading Work of Fiction: Idea or Expression?

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Circulation of E-Newspaper: Infringement Under Copyright Law

Dissemination of e-newspapers on Telegram has raised a copyright debate under the steady gaze of the Delhi High Court. Because of CoVID-19 limitations coming into power, actual dispersion and house-to-house conveyance of papers got cruelly affected.  As this issue surfaced most paper sites began offering free preliminaries on their individual sites by the methods for … Continue reading Circulation of E-Newspaper: Infringement Under Copyright Law

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Fresh Amendments to the Copyright Rules: Are these enough?

A new amendment in the copyright rules has been in the works since 2019. The Department of Industry and Internal Trade had proposed the rules with the aim of increasing efficiency in the procedural law. The last amendment happened in 2016 when “services” were brought under the purview of the copyright act. However, as technology … Continue reading Fresh Amendments to the Copyright Rules: Are these enough?

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Conundrum of effect on Copyright Registration of Correction in Particulars of Work Post Registration

Copyright is a bundle of rights that exist in a tangible work i.e. in a material expression, and existing from the moment, such copyrightable work is created. Though no formalities of a registration process are per se required to avail such rights, it is always advisable to register such work under the Copyright regime, to … Continue reading Conundrum of effect on Copyright Registration of Correction in Particulars of Work Post Registration

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Copyright and the World of Musical Remixes

Whether it be Tamma Tamma, Laila Mai Laila, Saki-Saki, or the Humma Song, all of us dance to the tunes of our all-time favorite ever-green hit songs and also on the tunes of their remixes. Every now and then, we hear the remix versions of old classic hit songs being used in films and being … Continue reading Copyright and the World of Musical Remixes

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Copyright Ownership of Abandonware

There are several old versions of different software no longer distributed or supported by their owners as they tend to shift their focus to the newer versions and find these older versions less profitable. “Abandonware” is the name given to refer to these old versions. In common parlance, the term is used to denote “out-of-print” … Continue reading Copyright Ownership of Abandonware

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