Technolex Fancynews Puneri Pagdi is given geographical indication status

In India, there are certain headgears that are unique and happen to be pride of the particular region. One of them is Puneri Pagdi, and the Himachali topi is another famousheadgear. It is good that Shree Puneri Pagdi Sangha recently managed to obtain geographical indication (GI) status for the famed Puneri Pagadi, the traditional headgear of Maharashtrians, and thus ensure its conservation. The move to acquire the GI status for the famous headgear, which is considered to be the hallmark and honour of Pune, was mooted by the Pune’s Shree Puneri Pagadi Sangh.

This headgear was the index of India”s revolutionary freedom fighters Balgangadhar Tilak and Gopal Krishna Gokhale, who sported the Puneri Pagdi with pride.

The Geographical indication (GI) status will make the headgear famous all over the world by the name of Puneri Pagdi. No one would be able to manufacture them through wrong means and would not be able to amend the traditional way of making them,” said Girish Murudkar, member, Shree Puneri Pagadi Sangha. Great Mission Group Consultancy (GMGC), also based in Pune had completed the formalities for the grant of GI.

The GI status aims at promoting the economic prosperity of producers of goods in a geographical area. Usually, the tag is granted to goods that essentially originate and are produced in a defined geographical locality and region. Geographical indications are covered as part of intellectual property rights. With the endorsement of the GI, no turban made outside Pune region can be legally sold under the name of Puneri Pagadi and this will benefit local artisans.

The Puneri Pagdi can be popularised as a souvenir showcasing Indian tradition. Even the local artisans will gain employment by this.

Source: http://yahind.com , 3/1/10.

Technolex Fancynews Copyright Controversy over film 3 Idiots and Chetan Nagendra’s No…

Author Chetan Bhagat in his blog post has accused makers of the film ‘3 Idiots’, modelled after his best-selling debut novel ‘Five Point Someone’, of not giving him credit for the story. Bhagat was paid an amount of Rs 9.9 lakhs for rights of the film, according to a document posted on Chopra’s website. As per Chetan film makers added a story credit right upfront, without his name, negating his contribution. He also accused the makers of ‘3 Idiots’ of "copying an original story and claiming it to be different." Film"3 Idiots", which released on December 25, grossed over Rs 130 crore in 7 days and is on its way to becoming one of the biggest hits of last year.

Bhagat, who has written four books so far and is one of India’s most successful authors, said he was hurt that the credit for the story of the film went to Hirani and co-writer Abhijat Joshi.

Bhagat, who sold the rights of his book to producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra" by a contract , giving the right to modify or change the story to the producers. The contract also clearly states that credit shall be given to him in the rolling credits of the film, which was duly done," director Rajkumar Hirani said.

Chopra apologised to the media later, but by then the issue had turned into a mini-storm, with television channels replaying footage of his outburst and social networking sites like Twitter abuzz with comments.

Source: http://in.reuters.com, 2nd January, 2010

Technolex Fancynews 5,400 people were nabbed in China for online porn in 2009

Purification of the Internet" and fighting of online crime are closely tied to any country’s stability. Pornographic content seriously pollutes the online environment, depraves social morals and poisons the physical and psychological health of the masses of young people.

China plays a very effective role by pervasive policing of cyberspace and attempts to block the Internet are among the world’s most stringent. To strengthen the Internet policing Nearly 5,400 suspects caught last year (2009) by Chinese authorities in a crackdown on online pornography. Nearly 9,000 pornographic Web sites have been deleted from the Internet and 5,394 suspects captured in 2009, although it did not clear that how many of them were formally arrested or charged. Many foreign sites have been blocked by China’s Internet authorities, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and a host of other media and news Web sites. Main targets of its Web censorship are pornography, gambling and other sites deemed harmful to society. Critics, however, say that often acts as cover for detecting and blocking sensitive politicalcontent. Its restrictions of the Internet are often referred to as the "Great Firewall of China."

Efforts will be taken to focus on China-based operators of overseas-registered Web sites and companies that provide Internet services, or register domain names or rent virtual space to sites with pornographic content. The ministry also offered rewards to members of the public who provide useful information in policing efforts.

Source: http://blog.taragana.com

Technolex Fancynews New Intellectual Property courses at IIM Calcutta India.

As ministry of HRD recently established 18 IPR chairs, out of that one established in IIM Calcutta (IIM-C). IIM-C has now introduced "The Business of Intellectual Property" course for their Post Graduate Management students . Launched on 15th December 2009. This course will cover in detail the emergence of global IP architecture represented by the WTO-TRIPS Agreement, the legal and regulatory systems dealing with patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, trade secrets etc. Another area of focus will be the transactional issues in IP dealing with assignment, licensing, competition, securitisation, due diligence, valuation and various related issues in such transactions. Since most of the IP related transactions have a global impact, the course intends to provide a comparative perspective about the IP systems of USA, EU, UK and India. It also contains a brief module on IPR protection in China. Finally the course will also examine the ways in which IP regulations impact some of the important sectors like pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, entertainment and E- Commerce.

For further details log on to: http://www.iimcal.ac.in/faculty/courses.asp?FacultyGroupID=15

Technolex Fancynews IPR Chairs in India

The Ministry of Human Resource Development Under the scheme of Intellectual Property Education, Research and Public Outreach (IPERPO) has so far set up 18 IPR Chairs in various universities and institutes considering their potential for development and growth of IPR Education, Research and Training. Out of 18 IPR Chairs set up so far, five (5) IPR Chairs are in Universities, five (5) IPR Chairs are in IITs five (5) IPR Chairs are in National Law Universities and three IPR chairs in IIMs (Kolkata, Bangalore and Ahmadabad).

1. University of Delhi,
(http://www.du.ac.in/faculty_member_details.htm?id=1708)
2. University of Madras, (http://www.unom.ac.in/legal.html )
3. Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Cochin (http://sls.cusat.ac.in/programme.shtml )
4. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore (http://www.nls.ac.in/academic_programmes_research_centers_cipra.html)
5. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, (www.iitk.ac.in/)
6. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, (www.iitkgp.ac.in/)
7. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, (www.iitb.ac.in/)
8. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, (www.iitm.ac.in/)
9. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, (www.iitd.ernet.in/)
10. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi,
(http://www.jnu.ac.in/main.asp?sendval=SchoolOfSocialSciences)
11. Delhi School of Economics, DU, Delhi,
(http://www.econdse.org/)
12. Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmadabad,
(www.iimahd.ernet.in/)
13. Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta,
(www.iimcal.ac.in/ )
14. Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore,
(www.iimb.ernet.in/)
15. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad,
(http://www.nalsarlawuniv.ac.in/)
16. National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur,
(http://www.nlujodhpur.ac.in/centeripl.htm)
17. National Law University (NLU), Bhopal,
(http://www.nliu.com/ )
18. West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
(WANUJS), Kolkata (www.nujs.edu )

For further details log on to: http://copyright.gov.in

Technolex Fancynews A to Z of Cyberlaw, 2009.

The past twelve months in Cyberlaw were exceptionally active, with the amendment in Information Technology Act 2000, Cyberlaw as a field grew tremendously in the year 2009, and faced different battles over various law and technology issues. The struggle between the rights of sovereign nations to preserve national security and integrity vis-a-vis the personal private rights of individuals pertaining to privacy continued to grow and Cyber terrorism as a phenomenon firmly established itself as an important challenge before national governments and sovereign nations. The issue of distribution of content and data over computer resources located in different territorial jurisdictions connected to the cloud managed to gain enough significant recognition. My blogs for e.g Cyberlaw, Technolex, Technolexindia, and, IPLex, take a re-look at 2009 from A to Z:

A. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the secret copyright treaty that generated opposition in India and abroad as details on proposed language leaked out.

B. Barring a few offences, almost all cyber crimes in India have been made as bailable offences where the accused is entitled to bail as a matter of right.

C. Cyber terrorism was declared as a heinous crime punishable with life imprisonment and fine under the terms of the amended Information Technology Act 2000.

D. Deviation from stringent punishment for cyber criminals by enacting the Information Technology Amendment Act.2009.

E. Electronic evidences have been destroyed by some cyber criminals after released on bail. They have gone ahead of the Information Technology Amendment Act 2009.

F. Facebook, agreed to make significant privacy changes following a well-publicized investigation by Privacy Experts.

G. Google Street View, which launched, but not before a House of Commons committee probed the likely impact of the new mapping feature.

H. Harassment is specifically brought within the ambit of the Indian Cyberlaw.

I. i4i, the tiny Toronto firm that scored a big patent victory over software giant Microsoft, Identity theft continued to be a major cyber crime mover in various jurisdictions.

J. Jonathan Zitterain, chair Professor of Internet Law and Society, has done good contribution to growth of cyberlaw.

K. K is for CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein, who was in the spotlight with hearings on regulation of new media, Internet traffic management, and broadcast fees.

L. Legislative initiative, recently taken by the Govt. of India although laudable in its objectives, is likely to have counter-productive consequences if it is not regulated properly.

M. Misuse of confidential data and information is have good recognition under IT Amendment At 2009.This subject was continuously engaged the attention of the relevant stakeholders in different jurisdictions.

N. Notification and implementation of Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008, defamation, cyber and nuisancenow specifically brought within the ambit of Cyberlaw in India.

O. One-click, the controversial Amazon.com business method patent that was denied validity by the Canadian Patent Appeal Board.

P. Psion, the Toronto-owned firm that threatened Dell over the use of the term “netbook.”

Q. Queen v. Vasic, a criminal case in which an Ontario court ruled that combining Internet provider customer name and address information with IP address data could render the information sensitive.

R. Reduction of the quantum of punishment of cyber crimes by the Information Technology Amendment Act 2008, gives virtually a signal to cyber criminals to come and explore the fertile soils of India for perpetuating the cyber criminal designs and intentions.

S. Statistics of cybercriminal convictions are against India. A country of more than a billion populations and only a couple of cyber crime convictions is a question mark on the way cyberlaw in India being implemented.

T. TV Tax and Local TV Matters marketing campaigns that irritated various peoples from coast to coast. Tremendous improvement in cyberlaw over the earlier cyberlaw yet it brought forward its own practical peculiar problems and drawbacks.

U. Unwanted telemarketing calls that kept coming despite the existence of a various national do-not-call list.

V. Veit Joanne, an Alberta judge who ruled that Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Frank Work was wrong when he concluded the City of Edmonton can’t force pawnshops to upload personal client details to an outside company’s database.

W. WindMobile, the operating name of Globalive, a new wireless carrier that was told by the CRTC that it did not comply with foreign control restrictions, only to have the federal Cabinet overrule the regulator weeks later.

X. “X” on electronic voting technologies, which Election authorities of various countries reportedly considering.

Y. YouTube, which received a video takedown demand. The crown corporation objected to a union-inspired video about the mail carrier’s CEO.

Z. Zoocasa, the real estate search site that was sued by Century 21 for scraping listings from its website.

After going through A to Z developments in the field of cyberlaw in 2009, it is evident that Information technology issues are growing faster than expected. These developments are posing challenges before cyberlaw policy makers at international level in general and national level in particular. Let us just not wait and watch but be ready with better regulation, control, protection and management of rights and liabilities in fast growing digital world to have better knowledge economy.

Technolex Fancynews Indian Management Research Journal (IMRJ) ( Call for Papers)

Indian Management Research Journal (IMRJ) is an international standard refereed journal which aims at publishing high quality research findings in all areas of management practices. All papers would be subjected to a double blind peer-review process.

IMRJ welcomes articles from different regions of the world and aims to encourage research on new developments and perspectives. IMRJ is a four monthly journal and it will publish three times in a year. This Journal will include Research Papers, Case Study, Research Briefs, Book Reviews and Interview as its main content and available in hard-copy printed book format.

We invite you to contribute your original writing to our journal.

Contributor will be awarded with publication certificate. Research paper / Case Study should be original work and if reprint then authorization should be provided.

We look forward for your positive association.

For Further Details please contact:

Reena Poddar,

Member, Editorial Team,

MITSOM – PGRC, Pune.

Contact details:

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Email: mitsompgrc.journal