Copyright And Fair-Use In India During Covid-19

A balance needs to be maintained between educational fair-use exceptions and the rights of copyright owners. While we adapt to our new normal, questions about how copyright law relates to online education have arisen. The use of copyrighted material for educational purposes is exempted under Sections 52(1)(h) through Section 52(1)(j), which is decided on the purpose and manner of the use of the co...
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EUIPO-DG GROW meeting

The Executive Director of the EUIPO, Mr Christian Archambeau, met Ms Kerstin Jorna, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General on Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), via videoconference, on 23 June 2021. [#item_full_content]...
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Montenegro implements CP3

Montenegro’s Ministry of Economic Development (MEDM) has updated its methodology to include the principles of the Common Practice of Distinctiveness – Figurative Marks containing descriptive / non-distinctive words (CP3), which was developed by the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN) and is the result of the joint effort and collaboration between MEDM and the EUIPO, [&...
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Copyright Issues In The Music Industry

There are numerous copyright infringement cases in illegal derivative works and copies of copyrighted musical compositions happening in India every day. Despite high-profile figures from the Indian film and music industries being caught up in similar offences, infringement persists unabated by the Indian judicial system. The Indian courts do not strictly enforce copyright rules, and the general pu...
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What Is In That Basket- Infringement Or Bullying?

We recently witnessed a trademark battle between India’s largest online grocery marketplace BigBasket and a budding online grocery delivery startup Daily Basket where a cease-and-desist notice was served to the start-up for trademark infringement and brand name violation over the use of the term 'basket', which happens to be common in the names of both the companies. ...
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Can Religious Symbols Be Granted Trademark Protection?

In India, everybody has the right to freedom of worship, and religious names in trade and commerce are common. People are so emotionally committed to their religious beliefs that it is convenient for companies to link their goods and services to the same. Fortunately, trademarking pictorial depictions of deities is not currently practicable....
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