Copyright & Media

COPYRIGHT & MEDIA

Copyright Litigation & Contentious Work

  • The Firm has handled landmark copyright cases in the publishing industry, broadcasting industry and entertainment industry, amongst others
  • The Firm has been representing various clients in a large number of leading copyright matters involving copyright in databases, entertainment laws, compulsory licensing FMCG industry, software etc. in civil suits before various Courts including the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and the Hon’ble Delhi High Court and actively represents clients before the Copyright Office and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board
  • The Firm participated as a stake-holder and made representations before the Parliamentary Standing Committee regarding the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010. And, regularly addresses representations on behalf of its clients to the Government of India on various issues pertaining to Copyright laws
  • The Firm also handles Criminal complaints relating to piracy

Leading Copyright & Media Cases:

  • Eastern Book Company and Ors. Vs. D.B Modak and Anr.- Copyright in Head notes and corrections/additions made to judgments of Courts
  • Super Cassettes vs. Entertainment Network India Ltd. - Grant of compulsory licenses for Sound Recording to Radio Channels
  • Pepsi Co. Inc. Ors. Vs. Hindustan Coca Cola Ltd. Anr.- disparagement in advertising and copyright in slogans
  • JCB India Limited vs. Action Construction Equipment Ltd. &Anr. – No copyright in drawings of Construction Back Hoe Loaders
  • The Chancellor Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford vs. Narendra Publishing House &Ors. - Transformative work, fair-use
  • Zee Entertainment vsSaregama - infringement of negative rights in sound recordings
  • IndiaTV Vs. Yashraj Films – ‘de minimis’ use is fair dealing
  • India TV vsJanasri News - Infringement of rights in the format/get-up/artistic work of a television show
  • Zee Entertainment Enterprises vs Ron D’Souza – John Doe action against music piracy over the internet

Copyright Prosecution & Advisory Work

  • Registration of Copyright
  • Filling Compulsory License applications
  • Appeals against the orders of the Registrar of Copyright
  • Rectification of Copyright
  • Copyright Assignment & Licensing
  • General advisory work related to copyright issues

Media Law Practice

  • Represents major television & radio channels in respect of content & licensing related issue
  • Represents leading media houses regarding contractual disputes
  • Represents various broadcaster regarding content regulatory issues before press Council of India, National Broadcasting Standard Authority and Broadcasting Content Complaints Council
  • Represents various clients in sports broadcasting issues before various forums
  • Advises major broadcasting regarding content related agreements