Weekly Copyright News: T-Series Gets Infringement Notice, ‘#MeToo’ Filmmaker Challenges CBFC, GTA V Infringer Settles, and more

Weekly Copyright News: T-Series Gets Infringement Notice, ‘#MeToo’ Filmmaker Challenges CBFC, GTA V Infringer Settles, and more

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Filmmaker Sends Notice to T-Series for Khandaani Shafakhana;  ‘#MeToo’ Filmmaker Challenges CBFC Order to Change Movie Name; MEITy Clarifies TOI Headline Threatening Twitter; GTA V Copyright Infringer Agrees to Settlement; Marc Jacobs Requests Dismissal of Nirvana’s Smiley Face Logo Lawsuit; VidAngel Liable for Wilful Copyright Infringement; Artists Temporarily Drop ‘Fortnite’ Charges after SCOTUS Ruling; Netflix Dives into Anime Craze with Numerous Japanese Studio Partnerships; Citizen Watches Collaborates with Captain Marvel, Sponsors World Premiere; Disney And Accenture Create Unique ‘Dumbo’ Posters; Dailymotion Collaborates with NBA G League to Provide Premium Sports Content, Copyright Tip of the Week, and more.

Copyright Quote

Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere, a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value. For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially important legal device.

– Lawrence Lessig

Copyright Statistics

There is an increase of 43% in the total number of copyright applications filed last week as compared to the previous week. A total of 392 applications were filed during the last week. The majority of applications were filed for literary and artistic works.

S. NoType of WorkNumber of Applications filed in the Previous Week

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

Number of Applications filed in the Recent Week

(01st March, 2019 to 10th March, 2019)

ChangePercentage Change1.Literary Work18526176Increase of 42%2.Musical Work060501Decrease of 17%3.Artistic Work399253Increase of 136%4.Cinematograph Film020101Decrease of 50%5.Sound Recording050803Increase of 60%6.Software402515Decrease of 38%Total275392117Increase of 43%

National News

Filmmaker Sends Notice to T-Series for Khandaani Shafakhana

Filmmaker Amitabh Parashar has sent a legal notice to the leading production house, T-series, alleging that producers copied ideas for the film ‘Khandaani Shafakhana’ from his script. He claims that he had approached T-series last year with the idea of a comedy film titled ‘Bhag Mohabbat’, based on street sex doctors. He also claims that he had narrated the story in brief and sent the soft copy to T-series for which he received an acknowledgment. He has alleged that the new T-series film ‘Khandaani Shafakhana’, starring Sonakshi Sinha, is very similar to the script provided by him and has demanded damages of Rs. 5 crores for the loss incurred.

‘#MeToo’ Filmmaker Challenges CBFC Order to Change Movie Name

Producer Sajid Iqbal Qureshi has filed a petition in Delhi High Court challenging an order of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which required him to change the title of his movie “#metoo” and make several other changes, including the addition of a disclaimer for violence.  The order also restricted the public exhibition of the film to adults by granting it an ‘A’ certificate. Qureshi claimed that the CBFC neither gave him an opportunity to be heard nor any reasonable justification for the order being passed. He has alleged that the   CBFC order is illegal as it violates the Cinematograph Act of 1952 and Constitution of India. The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the CBFC and the Central Government.

MEITy Clarifies TOI Headline Threatening Twitter 

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITy) has issued a notification clarifying a news item published in the Times of India (TOI). TOI had published an article titled “Twitter executives could face 7-year jail, warns government”, which claimed that Twitter executives could be jailed for failing to remove objectionable content.  MEITy stated in its clarification that the report “appears to be exaggerated, stemming from a misunderstanding of the established legal procedure”. It also states that any issues related to the exercise of powers under the Information Technology Act would follow legal procedures.  It also states that the Ministry remains “assured with the fact that the Intermediary platforms have been working closely with the government in a congenial and mutually supportive manner.” With the strict actions being taken to curb fake news affecting the upcoming national elections, this notification helps to clarify the nature of action the government is likely to take against social media platforms.

International News

GTA V Copyright Infringer Agrees to Settlement

Rockstar Games, the developers of popular video game GTA V, has won a consent decree against a cheat code developer for copyright infringement. The cheat ‘Infamous’, which was developed by Erik Cameron, allowed people to use it in the game to advance ahead, causing losses to the developers. This judgement comes in the wake of various other recent cases against cheat code developers, for actions amounting to copyright infringement and breach of contract.  Erik Cameron has admitted to the charges and has agreed to pay up the damages, which so far…

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