Bombay High Court Rules that Copyright Registration of a Label is not Compulsory

Overview The two parties involved include Sanjay Soya Private Limited (SSPL) and Narayani Trading Company (NTC). Both of them specialize in refined edible oil products. The dispute between the two arose concerning the use of packaging in their respective products. The plaintiff, SSPL, had filed a lawsuit against the defendant NTC in the Bombay High […]

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Copyright Protection for Choreographic Works

Like all other art forms, choreographic works in dance and their steps have been expressly recognized under the Copyright Laws of different jurisdictions. By such virtue, performers can have their rights protected, even though some of the most popular steps have not been claimed. Take the example of the famous ‘moonwalk dance,’ which is often […]

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Limited Edition Products: Can they be Protected under IP Law?

Several times, we see that luxury brands come up with limited edition products, whether it is cars, watches, cosmetics, chocolates, electronics, etc., and enthusiasts do not spare even a moment to get their hands on these products. Limited edition means that the company sells ‘altered’ limited units of an original best-selling product that already exists […]

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Protecting Recipes through Intellectual Property Rights

With the emergence of a cosmopolitan touch in the food and beverage industry through the introduction of celebrity chefs and mixologists as well as experimental, custom-made, creative dining experiences all over the world, culinary creations, including drinks and food, have become a crucial and valuable business asset. Like any other asset, the question of protecting […]

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The Interplay of Big Data and Intellectual Property Rights

What is Big Data? Big data is a relatively new concept that has created a greater conundrum in the realm of Intellectual Property (IP) laws. Big data refers to the large and diverse sets of information that can grow at an ever-increasing rate. Such collection of massive structured, unstructured, and multi-structured data is due to […]

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Intellectual Property Theft: A Menace

With the advancement of technology and the overreaching effect of cyberspace, cyber crimes have also witnessed a surge. Of these crimes, Intellectual Property (IP) theft is one of the many, which involves stealing copyright, patents, industrial designs, etc., by using the internet and computers as a medium. Copyright and trade secrets like software, secret formula/recipes, […]

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Moral Rights under Copyright Law

The Concept of Moral Rights Copyright is a bundle of rights that is primarily an economic right. What happens after you have assigned, either wholly or partially, the copyright in your work to someone else? Does that mean you have lost all your rights in the work that you have created or still have some […]

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The Best Mode of Software Protection – Copyright or Patent?

Historically, Intellectual Property (IP) laws have influenced the success of the software industry by giving software developers a statutory mechanism from which they can earn at least some of their innovation’s market value. Until now, the software industry has been dependent upon distinct IP protection regimes: copyright and Patent Law. The scope of protection offered […]

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Can you Play Copyrighted Music in Restaurants?

When we visit a restaurant or cafe, listening to music adds to the overall ambiance and experience. However, have you ever wondered whether the owners of restaurants require permission to play those songs at their premises? The answer is yes. This is because most songs are subject to Copyright Protection. Playing a song at a […]

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