Copyright

  • Monkey, or any other animal, that takes a selfie does not own the copyright of the photo, rules US Copyright Office August 22, 2014

    The US Copyright Office has confirmed that a monkey - or any other animal - that takes a selfie does not own the copyright of the photo. A selfie taken by a black macaque on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi three years back has become a tug of war between Wikipedia...
  • Airtel blocks 219 websites for infringing on Sony's World Cup 2014 telecast rights July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom major Airtel has told the Delhi High Court that it has blocked 219 websites which were allegedly infringing MSM Pvt Ltd's, formerly Sony, right to show matches of FIFA 2014 World Cup as the authorised broadcaster of the event in the Indian subcontinent. The websites blocked as...
  • Copyright piracy has reached alarming level in China, India: Report June 26, 2014

    Washington: An influential Congressional caucus in a latest report has expressed concern over alarming level of copyright piracy in four countries China, Russia, Switzerland and India. It has added India to the 2014 Watch List. The report "2014 International Piracy Watch List," by International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus highlights the...
  • Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde arrested after two years on the run June 1, 2014

    Stocholm: One of the founders of file-sharing website Pirate Bay has been arrested in southern Sweden to serve an outstanding sentence for copyright violations after being on the run for nearly two years, Swedish police said on Saturday. Peter Sunde had been wanted by Interpol since 2012 after being sentenced in...
  • No copyright or trademark in Yoga, pranic healing asanas, rules HC January 14, 2014

    Exclusive rights over yoga and pranic exercises, which are derivatives of ancient technique of yoga in India, cannot be claimed under the Copyright Act, the Delhi High Court has held. The court made the observations while rejecting the plea of Philippines-based Institute for Inner Studies seeking to restrain some persons from...
  • Google defeats authors in long-running Google Books lawsuit November 15, 2013

    New York: Google on Thursday won dismissal of a long-running lawsuit by authors who accused the Internet search company of digitally copying millions of books for an online library without permission. US Circuit Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan accepted Google's argument that its scanning of more than 20 million books, and...
  • Tata Motors move court against trademark infringement June 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Tata Motors has filed a complaint before a Delhi court alleging infringement of its trademark and copyright by unknown persons manufacturing and marketing spurious ancillary automobile products under its name. In the complaint filed in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidya Prakash, the company said it has learnt...
  • Javed Akhtar appointed vice president of copyright body June 8, 2013

    Mumbai: Acclaimed writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar's three-year long battle to secure copyright benefits for writers and musicians in the country, has now gone global. In what must be regarded as a singular honour for an Indian artist, he has been appointed the vice president of the International Confederation Of Authors and Composers...
  • Justin Bieber sued for USD 10 million over copyright issues May 5, 2013

    Los Angeles: Rapper Devin Copeland has filed a 10 million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit on Usher and Justin Bieber. Copeland, who is better known by his stage name, Devin the Dude, has alleged that he showed Usher a tune of the same name and he usurped it for Bieber's My World...
  • Google again beats Viacom in $1 billion copyright case against YouTube April 20, 2013

    New York: For the second time in three years, a US federal judge has dismissed Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit against YouTube, saying the online video site doesn't have to police itself as long as it removes infringing videos when copyright owners give notice. US District Court Judge Louis Stanton in...
  • Low cost smartphones will be the next step: Google chairman Eric Schmidt May 6, 2013

    Visiting Google Chairman Eric Schmidt claims that low cost smartphones will be the next step. "The big future is still smartphones. And the vast majority of Indians will encounter the internet on a smartphone, it will be a low cost smartphone of great power. They will deal with health and...
  • Government notifies new copyright rules March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Government has notified the new Copyright Rules 2013 to provide statutory licence for cover versions and broadcasting of literary and musical works and sound recording among others. The rules, which were notified on March 14, say the fee for registration of copyright for various works has been increased...
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia paid Rs 30 lakh for Lata Mangeshkar's song? March 18, 2013

    Mumbai: If we get to hear Lata Mangeshkar's evocative 'Lag ja gale se' in the stunning sequel to 'Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster', it comes with a heavy price. Film producers are poised for a battle with the music company which own the copyrights of over 95 percent of the vintage...
  • 'Knock Out' in plagiarism row, producers to pay Rs 1.25 crore March 15, 2013

    Makers of 2010's Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan-starrer 'Knock Out' have been asked to pay a sum of Rs 1.25 crore for infringement of copyright in a recent verdict by Bombay High Court. ...
  • 'News agencies can't use Twitter images without permission' January 16, 2013

    New York: A judge has found that two news organisations improperly used images that a photojournalist had posted to Twitter in one of the first big tests of intellectual property law involving social media. Agence France-Presse and The Washington Post infringed on the copyrights of photographer Daniel Morel in using pictures...
  • Apple fined $166,000 for copyright violation December 28, 2012

    Beijing: Technology major Apple has been fined $165,908 by a Chinese court for allegedly selling unlicensed electronic versions of books online. The Beijing No 2 Intermediate People's Court ordered Apple to pay a total of 1.03 million yuan ($165,908) to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their...
  • Twitter to replace copyright violating tweets with takedown notice November 5, 2012

    New Delhi: With the view to be more transparent with the content posted by users, Twitter has introduced a new copyright policy that has made a change in the way Twitter responds to copyright complaints. Twitter will now withheld any copyright-infringing tweet with a takedown notice explaining it's being...
  • Bollywood calls for revamp of certification rules October 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Members of the film fraternity today erupted into a debate about the process of film certification in the country, calling for a revamp in the constitution of the CBFC and The Cinematograph Act of 1952. Industry stalwarts like Mukesh Bhatt, Ramesh Sippy, Shyam Benegal, Sudhir Mishra and Shabana Azmi...
  • Woman sues porn companies for anti-piracy suits July 12, 2012

    Louisville: It's a common tactic for pornography producers trying to protect their product from online piracy: They sue unknown "John Does" who illegally download movies, then go to Internet providers to learn their true identities and collect. Hundreds of porn companies have filed thousands of lawsuits across US in recent years....
  • The film industry has boycotted me: Javed Akhtar May 27, 2012

    Mumbai: Many powerful producers, not just Mukesh Bhatt, are up in arms against Javed Akhtar for fighting for copyright amendment in favour of lyricists and singers. Ever since he became vocal about intellectual property rights two years ago, Akhtar has been writing no lyrics or dialogues for any of the big...
  • New Google data show Microsoft's piracy problems May 25, 2012

    San Francisco: Google's Internet search engine receives more complaints about websites believed to be infringing on Microsoft's copyrights than it does about material produced by entertainment companies pushing for tougher online piracy laws. A snapshot of Microsoft's apparently chronic copyright headaches emerged in new data that Google released Thursday to provide...
  • Full text: The Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2012 May 22, 2012

    THE COPYRIGHT (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2012 (As passed by the Rajya Sabha) A BILL further to amend the Copyright Act, 1957 BE it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-third Year of the Republic of India as follows:— 1. (1) This Act may be called the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012. (2) It shall come into force on...
  • Highlights of the Copyright Bill, 2010 May 22, 2012

    New Delhi: The Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010, which seeks to protect owners of literary or musical works, has been passed by the Rajya Sabha and will be presented to the Lok Sabha before it becomes law, much to the delight of singers, writers and composers. The bill, which is to provide...
  • Parliament nod to Copyright Act amendments May 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Song writers, artistes and performers, deprived of their dues so far, can now claim royalty for their creations with Parliament today approving a law to provide much-delayed justice to them. The Copyright Act (Amendment) Bill, 2012 was passed by the Lok Sabha, which witnessed unusual unanimity on the matter...
  • Copyright Bill: Lata joins Javed Akhtar's fight May 21, 2012

    Mumbai: Bollywood's Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar says she is totally with Javed Akhtar in his fight to secure royalty rights for singers and lyricists. Lata said, "I'm 110 percent with Javed Saab. My only fear is, how will he cope with all the backlash coming his way from producers and music...
  • Copyright Bill: Javed Akhtar's Rajya Sabha speech May 19, 2012

    New Delhi: With the Rajya Sabha passing an amendment to improve the rights of composers and writers, B-Town biggies Sonu Niigaam, Kailash Kher, Shabana Azmi and Rohit Roy have hailed veteran writer Javed Akhtar for his efforts in getting the measure through. Akhtar has been pushing for an amendment in the...
  • Copyright Amendment Bill passed in Rajya Sabha May 17, 2012

    New Delhi: The much delayed Bill, providing for certain important amendments to the Copyright Act, was on Thursday approved by the Rajya Sabha to remove operational difficulties and address newer issues related to the digital world and internet. The Copyright Amendment Bill, 2010, moved by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, also seeks...
  • India on copyright pirates list, says US May 2, 2012

    Washington: The United States on Monday again put Russia and China on its annual list of countries with the worst records of preventing the theft of copyrighted material and other intellectual property (IP), the US Trade Representative's office said. Argentina, Canada and India were also put on the "priority watch list,"...
  • 'Zanjeer' remake gets stuck in copyright issues April 20, 2012

    Writers of the original movie, Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar are reportedly mulling legal action against Apurva Lakhia and Prakash Mehra. ...
  • Soosan Khanoom: Is 'Pyaar Ki Pungi' a copy? March 19, 2012

    New Delhi: While ‘Agent Vinod’s song ‘Pyaar Ki Pungi’ rides high on the popularity wave – the hype around the film is just getting escalated. As the news goes – the music director and the distributors are now facing a copyright violation for the song from an Iranian band. The...