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Weekly Copyright News: Patanjali Forces Removal of Defamatory Videos, Registration Needed for Infringement Suit, Netflix sued for FYRE, and more


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Delhi High Courtroom Directs YouTube to Take Down Video Defaming Patanjali, Uri Makers Lose Piracy Battle After Current Surgical Strikes, Spotify India Hits One Million Users in its First Week, Copyright Workplace Permits Scanned Signatures in Purposes, SCOTUS: Copyright Registration a Must to File Infringement Go well with, FYRE Pageant Attendee Sues Netflix for Copyright Infringement, Warner Bros. Shuts Down ‘The Departed’ Marketing campaign Claiming Copyright Infringement, Fox Loses Large ‘Bones’ Lawsuit Involving Revenue Participation, Coogi Sues Nets, Nike and NBA over Infamous B.I.G Themed Merchandise, Disguise Inc. Signs Multi-Yr Licensing Settlement to Create Pokémon Costumes, WB Brings Hey Kitty! to Hollywood, Mötley Crüe Companions with International Merchandising Providers and Epic Rights, E-Bay Companions with Comedian Creators for Superheroine HQ, NBC Universal Signs Steaming Cope with Avod Tubi, and more.

Copyright Quote

The copyright discount: a stability between safety for the artist and rights for the buyer.

– Robin Gross

Copyright Statistics

There is an increase of 36% within the complete quantity of copyright purposes filed last week as in comparison with the earlier week. A total of 275 purposes have been filed over the past week. The majority of purposes have been filed for literary works and pc software program.

S. NoSort of WorkNumber of Purposes filed in the Previous Week

(18th February, 2019 to 24th February, 2019)

Quantity of Purposes filed within the Current Week

(25th February, 2019 to 28th February, 2019)

ChangeProportion Change
1.Literary Work21618531Lower of  14%
2.Musical Work80602Lower of 25%
3.Inventive Work14739108Decrease of 73%
4.Cinematograph Film290227Decrease of  93%
5.Sound Recording7052Lower of  29%
6.Software program204020Improve of 100%
Complete427275152Decrease of 36%


Indian Copyright News

Delhi Excessive Courtroom Directs YouTube to Take Down Video Defaming Patanjali

In a go well with filed by Patanjali Ayurved Restricted and Baba Ramdev, the Delhi High Courtroom has directed YouTube to take down a video which allegedly defamed Patanjali products from YouTube. Patanjali and Baba Ramdev had sought a everlasting injunction towards the video, alleging that it contained several defamatory, disparaging and threatening statements towards Patanjali Products. Additionally they sought an injunction towards Google, YouTube and Fb to take down the video and all links to the video for both Indian and international domains.  Apart from directing YouTube to take down the video, the courtroom also directed Fb to ensure that hyperlinks to the video are not obtainable on its platform. The courtroom additionally noticed that the video not only violated the regulation resulting from its specific and derogatory language, but in addition violated the self-prescribed tips of these platforms. This follows an earlier order by the courtroom directing the removing of the video from the Indian domains of these platforms. The courtroom additionally directed YouTube to offer out there info of the individual uploading the video, to enable Patanjali to take additional motion.

Uri Makers Lose Piracy Battle After Current Surgical Strikes

The producers of ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ starring Vicky Kaushal, had fought an revolutionary battle towards piracy when the film launched this January. The producers and the actors had come collectively and taken numerous measures to safeguard the movie from being leaked or out there pirate sites. Nevertheless, following the current Pulwama assaults and the next strikes by the Indian Air Pressure, the movie was leaked on-line in high definition model by an unknown individual on numerous pirate sites.

Spotify India Hits One Million Users in its First Week; Business Supports Warner

Music streaming big Spotify was launched in India last week, and has gained around one million users, regardless of an ongoing dispute with Warner Music. Warner Music had filed a go well with to restrain Spotify from streaming its music in India, however was denied a short lived injunction. Spotify had claimed that it was counting on statutory licensing guidelines in India for the use of music from Warner’s catalog for now. Nevertheless, major music publishers like Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), Sony/ATV, and Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) have voiced their help for Warner within the dispute.

Copyright Workplace Allows Scanned Signatures in Purposes

The Copyright Workplace has issued a public discover saying that it’ll permit candidates to add scanned signatures, while on-line submitting of a copyright software on Type XIV. The scanned signatures of the applicant have to be uploaded as a picture (.jpeg format only), not exceeding 512 KB. This provision has been made out there for all purposes filed on-line on or after 1st March, 2019.

The notice could also be accessed here.

International News

SCOTUS: Copyright Registration a Should to File Infringement Go well with

The US Supreme Courtroom has just lately held that copyrights have to be registered before any action for infringement could be brought within the courtroom. The infringed work have to be registered with the US Copyright Office, and a mere software for registration won’t suffice. The US Copyright regime already offers quite a few monetary incentives for the registration of a piece, and this ruling will present all of the more purpose for a copyright holder to register his/her work to enforce their rights. Although one can avail expedited registration at the U.S Copyright Office at a payment, this ruling will make it troublesome if the registration faces a delay of a number of weeks, notably in instances the place momentary restraining orders or other preliminary injunctive aid are being sought.

FYRE Pageant Attendee Sues Netflix for Copyright Infringement

Within the wake of Netflix’s mega successful documentary ‘FYRE’, which featured the happenings behind the disastrous music pageant, an attendee has initiated a go well with towards Netflix and producer Jerry Media for copyright infringement. Clarissa Cardenas claims that Netflix used a video which she shot at the pageant in its documentary with out her permission, and is initiating a go well with for USD 150,000 in damages.

The FYRE pageant was marketed to be probably the most distinctive, luxurious and unparalleled music experience but turned out to be a failure with a lot of lawsuits to its identify.

Warner Bros. Shuts Down ‘The Departed’ Marketing campaign Claiming Copyright Infringement

A marketing campaign on crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, which was initiated to vary the ending of Martin Scrosese’s movie ‘The Departed’ has now been shut down by Warner Bros. The divisive ending of the movie exhibits a rat crawling across the display which also represents the two ‘rats’ within the movie – a police officer and a mobster which infiltrate one another’s set-ups. The campaign argues that the very apparent metaphor ruins the film and has been initiated with a purpose to purchase the right gear wanted to digitally erase the rat from the film’s last scene. The founder of the marketing campaign, Adam Sacks of New York, meant to purchase 50 Blu-ray discs of “The Departed” and edit them in order that he might redistribute these rat-less variations. Warner Bros. has taken down the Kickstarter page and has issued a press release stating that the marketing campaign to “digitally remove a rat from the end of its motion picture” and “promising to distribute the edited footage upon completion” violates its copyright on this film.

Fox Loses Big ‘Bones’ Lawsuit Involving Profit Participation

Media big Fox will now should shell out over USD 127 Million in damages to the staff of its hit tv collection ‘Bones’ for not adhering to profit participation circumstances. The go well with towards Fox was first initiated in 2005 by Bones’ government producer Barry Josephson for denying him his rightful revenue participation. Soon after, producer Kathleen Reichs and stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz filed their own lawsuit alleging that they have been additionally cheated out of their contractually-owed profit for years. The Bones group finally consolidated the 2 fits, which resulted in an arbitration proceeding towards Fox that lasted for three years. The ruling said that Fox was “taking a cavalier attitude towards its wrongdoing” and displaying a “company-wide culture and an accepted climate that enveloped an aversion for the truth”. Finally, the case was dominated in favour of the Bones workforce and the precise damages — including interest, attorneys’ fees, arbitrator costs totaled USD 50,240,048, plus punitive damages in the whopping quantity of USD 128,455,730. Fox has issued a press release stating that it disagrees with the decision and plans to attraction.

Coogi Sues Nets, Nike and NBA over Notorious B.I.G Themed Merchandise

New York style label Coogi is suing the basketball group Brooklyn Nets, their uniform sponsor Nike and the NBA for alleged copyright infringement. Coogi is legendary for selling merchandise in association with late-rapper Notorious B.I.G and alleged that this yr’s Brooklyn Metropolis Edition Uniforms infringes copyright on their ‘Pea Soup’ and ‘Ricotta’ designs. Nike labelled the design ‘Brooklyn Camo’ but has additionally paid homage to the star in their adverts. The lawsuit states that “The defendants were well aware that Biggie neither wore nor rapped about anything called ‘Brooklyn Camo’, but they created, marketed and sold and distributed ‘Brooklyn Camo’ products so as to confuse consumers about the connection between their goods … and Coogi.” Coogi is looking for an injunction to stop all events concerned from promoting the ‘Brooklyn Camo’ merchandise and is suing for damages as nicely.

Licensing and Merchandising News

Disguise Inc. Inks Multi-Yr Deal for Pokémon Costumes

Prime-selling Halloween costume maker Disguise, Inc., has introduced a multi-year licensing agreement with The Pokémon Firm Worldwide, Inc., to design and manufacture Halloween costumes based mostly on widespread Pokémon characters. This licensing deal has risen out of the mega reputation of the Pokémon franchise and will encompass the US and Canada. Tara Hefter, EVP and GM of Disguise, Inc. issued a press release confirming that Pokémon, one of probably the most iconic manufacturers, is as well-liked as ever, and the company is happy to help followers of all ages ‘become’ many of probably the most beloved characters from the franchise this Halloween. The collection is about to launch in Fall 2019, simply in time for Halloween.

The merchandising of the popular Pokémon franchise will help viewers build stronger connections with their favourite on-screen characters like Pikachu, Eevee, Ash Ketchum and many more. The supply of memorabilia will permit the viewer to take house an element of their viewing expertise thus enhancing the popularity and goodwill of the present.

WB Brings Hiya Kitty! to Hollywood

Hiya Kitty! followers can now rejoice as this beloved character is about to finally involves life in a function film. Warner Bros. revealed that its New Line Division and producer Beau Flynn had persuaded the Sanrio Company of Tokyo – after 5 long years – to permit the studio to make use of its worthwhile cat determine in a function movie. Sanrio created the character in 1974 and its merchandising has proved to be immensely profitable. As of at present, Good day Kitty! is valued at USD 6 Billion and has additionally gained the hearts of many fans around the globe. The movie deal consists of other merchandising agreements and spinoffs. New Line Division has also been granted permission to use 20 other Sanrio characters. Good day Kitty does not have a mouth, and subsequently was by no means required to emote or converse. Licensing specialists say that Kitty’s reputation — she appears on 50,000 totally different products in 130 nations — includes simplicity: Because the character does not emote, individuals of all ages and nationalities can challenge themselves on her. Nevertheless, this may increasingly create more than a number of hurdles for the producers responsible for bringing the character to life on-screen.

Mötley Crüe Companions with International Merchandising Providers and Epic Rights

Infamous rock bands Mötley Crüe has teamed up with International Merchandising Providers and Epic Rights to develop and launch retail licensing and e-commerce packages. The licensing material can be based mostly on the band’s iconic album art, pictures, logos and graphics. The merchandise will embrace a variety of apparel, accessories, footwear, electronics, figures, collectibles, drinkware, fan merch, stationery, gaming, spirits, and more. This deal comes at the proper time, as the band prepares for the discharge of ‘The Dirt’, a Netflix film based mostly on the group’s best-selling autobiography of the identical identify. The long-lasting band has amassed over 100 million data bought worldwide; seven platinum and multi-platinum certifications; a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; and numerous sold-out tours throughout the globe. The release of merchandise and memorabilia right now will present more opportunity to create a buzz across the movie and additionally provide followers with a heightened general cinematic experience.

E-Bay Companions with Comic Creators for Superheroine HQ

In anticipation of Worldwide Ladies’s Day this Friday and the upcoming release of ‘Captain Marvel’, e-commerce platform E-Bay has launched a brand new curated collection of female-focused superhero content. The brand new portal is the outcome of a partnership between eBay and comic e-book creators Gail Simone and Cat Staggs. To mark the launch, eBay is providing a limited-edition Captain Marvel comedian e-book created in collaboration with Marvel and eBay vendor MyComicShop. The portal is intended to be a destination for online clients of feminine superhero comics, collectibles and related merchandise, and is responding to the rising reputation of superheroes like Marvel Lady and Captain Marvel.

NBC Common Signs Steaming Cope with Avod Tubi

Media conglomerate NBC Common has teamed up with ad-supported streaming service Tubi to stream some of the preferred content from the NBC Common world. The licensing deal has given Tubi near 400 TV and movie titles to add to its library. New titles embrace “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” “The A-Team,” “Punky Brewster,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Quantum Leap,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Bionic Woman” and “She-Ra: Princess of Power.”

Tubi is planning to spend more than $100 million on content offers this yr and this expanded library for Tubi comes as the corporate is pushing its 2018 progress and plans to spend huge on content material acquisitions in 2019. Although NBC Universal has stated that it is going to be releasing its personal streaming providers by 2020, it should proceed to license content material even after it launches its personal streaming product. NBC is more likely to retain a couple of titles solely for its platform.

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