News Corner: Nirvana and Marc Jacobs Fight Over the “Smiley Face”

Marc Jacobs’ design, left, with Nirvana’s original, right. Composite: Mac Jacobs/Getty ImagesImage Source: The Guardian In 2018, the company Nirvana LLC sued the famous designer Marc Jacobs -among others- for the use of the “Smiley Face” symbol, which is attributed to Kurt Cobain. This “Smiley Face” has been registered in the US Copyright Office in favor […]

Yet Another Paradox of Schrödinger’s Cat: India and the Discourse on AI and Authorship

Posted on November 2, 2020 Authored by Aditya Krishna* Introduction In the previous blog in the series on ‘AI and Authorship’, the author explored the discourse taken forward by the Tencent case and deliberated on its contributions towards the concept of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and authorship. This article will constitute the second blog of the series on […]

The Messiah or the Mirage: Analysing Shenzen Tencent Vs Shanghai Yinxun’s Contribution to the Discourse on AI and Authorship

Posted on October 21, 2020 Authored by Aditya Krishna* Introduction “AI” or Artificial intelligence has been developing in leaps and bounds over the past decades. With many applications emerging, and a multitude more on the horizon, it is inevitable that the legal field is bound to undergo drastic changes to cater for the changing technology […]

News Corner: US Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Decade-Long Google & Oracle Copyright Dispute

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Google v. Oracle as the decade-long dispute between tech giants finally reached the Apex Court after multiple trials and delay. At the heart of this copyright litigation which was initiated in 2010, is the copyrightability of application programming interfaces (APIs), which are intermediary software […]

News Corner: Banksy Loses Trademark Over His “Flower Thrower” Image

Recently, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”) invalidated the trademark registration for Banksy’s popular artwork of the “Flower Thrower” image. The dispute between the world-famous anonymous street artist known as Banksy (or rather the proprietor of the trademark – Pest Control Office Limited – as Banksy continues to remain anonymous) and Full Color Black – […]

Data LegoLand: Text and Data Mining and its Impact on COVID-19

Posted on August 25, 2020 Co-authored by Akshat Agrawal & Manika Dayal* Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has halted the world and has affected almost every aspect of an individual’s livelihood. This has led many academic researchers and pharmaceutical companies relentlessly working towards finding both treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. The need for a solution through […]

News Corner: WIPO-CISAC’s Partnership – Paving Way for International Recognition and Information Exchange

On 30 July 2020, World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) in a press release announced an advancement in its partnership with the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (“CISAC”). This new partnership echoes an agreement signed earlier this year on metadata between WIPO and SUISA, the Swiss authors’ Collective Management Organizations (“CMOs”) and a […]

“I AGREE”: Analysis of Click-Wrap Agreements on Social Media Platforms

Posted on July 23, 2020 Authored by Manika Dayal The evident and rapid popularization of social media platforms all over the world arguably functions under the pretext of simplicity. A simple means of connecting communities, cultures, people, traditions, trends and ideologies. In theory the intent behind social media platforms seems almost too idealistic to accomplish. […]