Netflix’s popular show Stranger Things has been sued for copyright infringement. But, can one claim copyright on a story derived from an urban legend? This article breaks down this strange case in light of Indian laws.
The 2007 custom rules are a great way for IP rights holders to stop the inflow of counterfeit products in the market. This article is a simple and practical account of how this protection is availed given how complex this process is made out to be. From the generation of UTRN numbers to UPRN Numbers and Bonds, all bases are covered in the piece.
This article is the final part of a three-part series which explains the registration process, the restrictions on protection and use of the mark, while discussing whether registration is mandatory and what are common law rights attached to a trademark.
Delhi HC yet again gave a clear-cut judgment on the copyrightability of a mechanical compilation database. Rejecting the Plaintiff’s application for an injunction for copyright infringement and revealing confidential information, Justice Endlaw underlined the ratio of landmark judgments to clarify the principal.
Luxury accessories brand Cartier has suffered a trademark setback, as its opposition against local pawn shop’s trademark containing the word ‘LOVE’ has been rejected by Singapore’s IP Office.
The Controversial EU Copyright Directive is passed by the European Parliament. As one side fears censorship and restriction of free information, supporters of the Directive call these fears misguided. What holds true for the Directive? Only time will tell.
Today, i.e. April 23 is marked as the World Book and Copyright Day across the World as decided by UNESCO. In the spirit of the day, we analyse the landmark and internationally revered judgment delivered by the Delhi HC in Najma Heptulla v. Orient Longman, a judgment which concerns with Copyright and joint authorship rights in a literary work.
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In the first part, Pranjali delved into the coverage of fictional characters under US Copyright sphere along with the theories as well as tests of their protection. In this part, she discusses how these characters get protection in the Indian Copyright sphere. She covers all bases as she does an analysis of the concept of character merchandising and how characters in the public domain are dealt with.
Can Superman be used by Marvel? Can anyone write Sherlock Holmes stories or produce a film on James Bond? These questions are answered by this detailed two-part article which aims to cover the protection of fictional characters in the United States and India. It also delves into concepts such as character merchandising, characters in the public domain as well as the intersection between Copyright and Trademark laws regarding these characters. Part 1 of this article deals with the recognition of fictional characters in the US. Initiating from the coverage (or non-coverage) of fictional characters in the US Copyright Act, this part highlights various theories and tests which forms the basis of protection of these characters as copyrights.