What is Fair Use? At the outset, it is important to clarify the usages of Fair Use and Fair Dealing. Fair Use is often used to denote both concepts in common usage, though India, strictly speaking, follows the Fair Dealing doctrine as per Commonwealth norms.… Read More »How Does the Fair Use Concept Work in India?
Copyright is what allows creators or authors have the exclusive right to reproduce their work in a public domain by authorization for a limited time frame, provided their work falls under the broad categories of literary, artistic, cinematographic, or musical works. Of all the IP… Read More »How did Disney Influence US Copyright Law?
What is Character Merchandising? At some point of time in our childhood we all have watched cartoons, comedy shows and various other forms of media. People have a tendency, after prolonged exposure to things they like, to become a great admirer of one fictional character… Read More »The Basics of Character Merchandising
Introduction Recently, Grammy award-winning British singer, Dua Lipa fell into some legal trouble. She was sued by Integral Images over posting a picture of herself that was photographed by them. The company has demanded damages worth a whopping $150,000 along with legal costs and an… Read More »Why Do Celebrities Not Own Their Paparazzi Photos?
Introduction The pandemic has resulted in a surge in online piracy. India showed a rise of 62% in piracy of online films between February and March 2020 alone. These spikes in fact were not just limited to India. Countries like the United States, the United… Read More »How Does Digital Piracy Affect Cinematographic Works?
What Are Rogue Websites? The internet has brought one of the biggest revolutions in the world. In today’s world, we cannot imagine living a single day without the internet. It has become an inseparable part of everything – from our mobile phones to our cars.… Read More »How Do We Deal With Rogue Websites?
Introduction What is a ship without its captain? Perhaps a ship anchored at a port. A film director is that captain to a film. Though films are made with a collective effort of the writer, screen player, producer, actor, etc., it takes no proper form… Read More »How Do We Protect Film Director Rights in India?
The French Competition Authority recently imposed a fine of half a billion euros on tech giant Google. This comes as a response of the latter failing to comply with the temporary orders regarding remunerating the country’s news publishers for the usage of their work. In… Read More »The Neighboring Rights of News Publishers
Copyright law is in place to protect unauthorized use of the original work of the author i.e., the use without the permission of the creator of that work. Such unauthorized use is called infringement in copyright law and action can be brought against the infringer.… Read More »Fair Use or Fair Dealing: An Exception to Copyright IP
A Pivotal 2020 US Case Law Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc happens to be a landmark decision which deals with the intersection of technology (software, to be more precise) and Intellectual Property Rights. In this case, Oracle had earlier sued Google for copying some… Read More »Can APIs be Protected Under Copyright Law?