Supreme Court Affirms that Only ‘Government Works’ under the Copyright Act Qualify as ‘Protected Systems’ under IT Act

In B.N. Firos v State of Kerala and Ors., the Supreme Court of India, on March 27, held that only those ‘computer systems’ may be designated as protected system under the Information Technology Act, which qualify as ‘Government Works’ under the Copyright Act.

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Congress gets videos mocking Rahul Gandhi off pro-Modi channel – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Two videos mocking Rahul Gandhi were taken down from a pro-Modi YouTube channel after the Congress served it with copyright violation notice. The channel, “I Support Narendra Modi,” had posted two short clips from Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s public interaction at a Singapore university last month, with added commentary in overlaid text making fun of the Congress president.

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Chinese media giants hit snag with piracy block | ZDNet

The world’s largest producers of Chinese media content, TVBO Productions and Television Broadcasts (TVB), have hit a roadblock in their attempt to get the Federal Court to order Australia’s internet service providers to block access to a series of domain names they say facilitate infringement of their copyright.

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New Hampshire Court: First Amendment Says You Can Call A Patent Troll A Patent Troll

A New Hampshire state court has dismissed a defamation suit filed by a patent owner unhappy that it had been called a “patent troll.” The court ruled [ PDF] that the phrase “patent troll” and other rhetorical characterizations are not the type of factual statements that can be the basis of a defamation claim.

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NH Judge rules ‘patent troll’ not ‘necessarily pejorative’

In a breathtakingly disingenuous passage from the decision, Judge Tucker finds that not all definitions of patent trolls are necessarily pejorative. Are we really to believe Judge Tucker thinks the term ‘patent troll’ is a loving and endearing term spoken with great admiration for inventors?

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America Needs an Eighteenth-Century Patent System – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

America most certainly does not need a Twenty-First Century patent system. America needs an Eighteenth-Century patent system. The patent system our founding fathers created recognized the contributions made by everyone in the innovation ecosystem were important and necessary. We had it right once.

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Trade war or not, China is closing the gap on U.S. in technology IP…

China’s rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property and the struggle to be the No.1 global technology power, according to patent experts.

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China Has Much to Gain by Resolving Trade Issues With U.S.

Almost all economists agree that a full-blown trade war would leave both China and the U.S. worse off. A simple game theory framework shows that international trade is inherently a “cooperative game,” especially when consumption and production chains are tightly interconnected across borders.

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Reality Check: Are we on the brink of a trade war?

The US and China have imposed tariffs on each other’s goods. But will a skirmish between the world’s two biggest economies turn into a full-on trade war? Perhaps it has already started. Both sides have struck initial blows. The US has imposed tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium.

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Negative patent dialogue must change, says Iancu

IPPro Patents is the go-to industry publication for free-to-read news, views and opinion on patent practice, law and management, US and Canada news. The US must “change the dialogue surrounding patents”, according to US Patent and Trademark Office director Andrei Iancu

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Spotify, SoundCloud and Deezer Music Apps Sued for Infringing Patent

Patent owner MOAEC Technologies filed suits alleging patent infringement in the District of Delaware against a series of music app providers including Spotify, SoundCloud and Deezer. The suits claim that music services offered by all three defendants infringe upon a patent covering a music library collection technology

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Spotify buys ‘cover song’ licensing firm to tackle copyright risks

LONDON/STOCKHOLM, April 12 (Reuters) – Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, said on Thursday it is to buy Loudr.fm, a San Francisco-based provider of licensing technology to help it to locate songwriters and pay them royalties they are due.

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Why we should trust science

It has been a time of crisis for science over the past several years. In cases where society and policy need inputs from science, there is now a widely prevalent view that the conclusions of scientific inquiry can be challenged for economic or ideological reasons.

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Madhya Pradesh’s Basmati claim

The Narendra Modi government may find itself in a tricky situation over the issue of extending geographical indication (GI) certification for basmati paddy grown in Madhya Pradesh (MP). The Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) are both vociferously opposed to MP’s inclusion as a basmati-growing state.

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USFDA observations: ‘Mosquitoes, gnats in Alkem plant; no quality control unit’

A recent inspection of Alkem Laboratories Ltd’s drug facility at Daman by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has revealed the presence of “flying insects… including mosquitoes and gnats” at the manufacturing unit. The drug regulator has also observed that the plant – owned by one of India’s largest pharma company – has “no quality control unit” at its facility.

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