Is Europe’s New Copyright Directive An Answer To Infringement?

The European Parliament, in its most recent activity, passed a law that has the capability to change the face of the internet as we know it. The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, also known as the Copyright Directive, is heralded as one of the most contentious set of directions and rules, in the arena of the copyright laws. In September 2018, the members of the European Parliament proposed and ultimately passed, the new Copyright Directive. Having made several amendments, which tighten the copyright law in several little ways, the most eye catching have been Articles 11 and... Read More

Stairway to Litigation

The famous Led Zeppelin song 'Stairway to Heaven' which has made millions sway to its tune recently struck a wrong cord due to copyright infringement allegations levied against it in 2014. It was alleged that the introduction to the band's most celebrated song was taken from Spirit's 1968 instrumental titled 'Taurus'. After a much publicized legal battle between the estate of Spirit's lead guitarist Randy Wolfe and Led Zeppelin ended in 2016 wherein a Los Angeles District Court Judge decided in the favour of Led Zeppelin and stated that there was no evidence of copyright infringement the dispute has since... Read More

A Tiny Antenna Threatens Broadcasters

Chet Kanojia’s Aereo have shaken up the Television Industry. A 43 Year old immigrant from India, who as an outsider saw a system that most took for granted and who knew he could build a better mousetrap, or at least a different one. Aereo, Mr. Kanojia’s two-year-old company, has figured out how to grab over-the-air television signals and stream them to subscribers on the Internet. It is an invention that could topple titans. The man at the center of this movement is Mr. Kanojia, a self-described “back bencher” in his youth, who spent too much time smoking and drinking and... Read More

Setback for Force India

It seems like all is not well in the kingdom of the King of Good Times. Vijay Mallya, who is already facing a host of financial difficulties, with his airlines accumulating losses and statutory authorities putting pressure on the management to pay up the liabilities,has received yet another jolt. His F-1 team Force India lost an IP case against Aerolab SRL, a former designer of Force India cars. Force India had entered into an aerodynamic development contract with Aerolab SRL in 2008.  The contract was however terminated by Aerolab, following a payment default by Force India in 2009. Aerolab, then... Read More