Avnish Bajaj Redux? Supreme Court Denies Relief To Google In Criminal Defamation Proceedings

In its judgment in Google India Pvt. Ltd. vs M/s Visakha Industries, delivered on Dec. 10, 2019, the Supreme Court denied to quash defamation proceedings against Google for its failure to expeditiously remove allegedly defamatory material from its ‘Google Group’ service. The case is significant for online intermediaries operating in India, as it holds that ...

WIPO Public Consultation on AI and Intellectual Property

The World Intellectual Property Organisation has called for public comments as part of its process to develop a policy on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Rights. The call is available here. The call is concurrent with the release of WIPO’s issues paper where it has outlined the following core issues concerning the relationships between AI ...

Bombay High Court Orders ‘Urgent’ Ex-Parte Ad-Interim Applications in IP Matters to be Held in Chambers (Now Revoked)

As per a notice dated November 6, 2019, the Bombay High Court had directed that all urgent mentioning for ex-parte ad-interim applications in IP matters will be held in the chambers of the judge, from November 7, 2019. As per the notice, the matters allowed to be circulated after the in chamber hearing, will be ...

The ‘Special Status’ of Kashmir’s Internet Must Go

Jammu and Kashmir is currently in the process of witnessing one of the most comprehensive ‘information blackouts’ in India’s modern history. Of the essential supplies that the Valley has been cut out from, one of the most crucial is the blockage of almost all lines of communication to and from Kashmir, including telephony and one-way ...

What Does Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ Mean for the Future of Online Speech?

In January 2019, Facebook made public its blueprint for an independent ‘content oversight board’ – a high-level committee tasked with the oversight of the social media giant’s content moderation decisions. The board, framed as an appeals court from decisions of the company’s operational side, will have the unenviable task of adjudicating and informing how Facebook ...

Copyright Law: Moral Rights Offer No Remedy For Destruction Of A Work – Delhi High Court

Does an architect, as the creator and legal ‘author’ of a building having artistic significance, have the right to object to the modification or destruction of their work by the owner of the building? A recent judgment of the Delhi High Court answers this firmly in the negative.

The Internet in the Indian Judicial Imagination

On the 14th of August, 1995, the eve of the 48th anniversary of Indian Independence, India began a new, and wholly unanticipated tryst with destiny – Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) launched India’s first full Internet service for public access [1]. In 1998, just a few years after VSNL introduced dial-up Internet, around 0.5% of ...

The Background Music To Spotify’s India Launch Is A Crucial Legal Battle On Music Copyright

It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for. Spotify, the Swedish music-streaming service, finally launched in India after months of speculation as to when and how the service would reach Indian consumers. Yet, an as yet unknown number of works in Spotify’s catalogue are in a precarious position, and could at any moment be pulled ...

India’s Curbs on Amazon and Flipkart Address Concerns, But Still Lack Clarity

Amazon and Flipkart have become the latest casualties of the Indian government’s adventurism in regulating e-commerce in India. Just a few days after a crucial rule came into effect, Morgan Stanley predicted that Walmart may divest its stake in Flipkart, while The New York Times has forecast “less consumer choice and higher costs” for Indian ...