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

Monkey Selfie-Legal Aspects

Background David J. Slater is a British wild life photographer from Gloucestershire who ventured to an Indonesian jungle in 2011 to take photos of extremely rare crested black macaque monkeys. As he narrated the story to the telegraph, he told “They were quite mischievous, jumping all over my equipment and it looked like they were already posing for the camera when one hit the button.”A curious female grabbed his camera and snapped hundreds of shots. The best one out of the image was a selfie by a female macaque grinning toothily into the camera. Mr. Slater eventually retrieved it. The... Read More