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Copyright and Song Covers: Whose Permission Do You Need?

What is the Cover Version of a Song? An original song consists of a literary work written by a lyricist, converted into a song by a singer with help of a music composer who composes the music. Eventually the song is completed and released into the market and some of...

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How Do Patent Pools Affect Innovation?

What Are Patent Pools? A patent pool is a collaboration between two or more companies to cross-license their patents in a specific technology. This allows the use of related patents in the pool by the signatories of the contract, without the need for individual licenses or assignments. Patent pools were...

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Patents Simplified: A Solution for Sewage Treatment

Why Is This Invention Important? Today, we can see the problem of drinking water has popped up in various parts of the world. We can even see international relations getting strained in Africa because of water scarcity. To cope with this problem, various nation states are taking steps towards water...

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Is Minor Usage of Media Material Copyright Infringement?

De Minimis in Copyright ‘De minimis’ refers to a trivial legal violation that is insufficient to warrant legal remedy – it follows from the legal maxim ‘de minimis non curat lex’ which translates into ‘the law does not concern itself with trifles’.  Where an act of potential infringement of a...

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What is the WIPO Copyright Treaty?

Introduction The WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) is an agreement which originated from the Berne Convention. It was developed to protect the works and rights of their authors in the digital environment. The WCT mentions two subject matters to be protected by copyright: a) computer programs and b) databases. WCT was...

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What Are Authors’ Moral Rights?

Introduction Copyright primarily concerns itself with the ‘rights of the authors’ which means that the author’s (term used here to represent a wide array of artistic creators) original work is his or her personal property, and others are not permitted to use it without permission. In addition to economic rights...

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What is India’s Data Security Regime?

Introduction India’s privacy protection has been challenged regularly, but detractors have rarely offered detailed reform recommendations. Recently, there has been a lot of interest in addressing the privacy of personal information at both federal and state levels. India is not a signatory to any personal data privacy treaty comparable to...

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How Can We Use Comparative Advertisements in India?

Introduction Comparative advertisements refer to advertisements wherein brands compare their own products/services with that of competitor’s and assert that their brand is superior or better than the competitor’s. It is a form of Commercial speech which is permissible under the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression under Article...

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The Role of IP in Mergers and Acquisitions

In recent years, mergers and acquisitions have emerged as the primary method for rapid expansion in the corporate world. In an ordinary sense, a merger is an arrangement in which the assets of two or more existing companies are vested in one company or fall under the direction of one...

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How Can IP Owners Enforce Their Rights Across Borders?

Introduction Counterfeit goods are the replicas of the real product produced with the intent to take unlawful advantage of the goodwill and reputation of the real product. The unique geographical location of India with eight neighboring countries and a lengthy, porous border makes it more susceptible to counterfeit products. Counterfeit...

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