Sunday, January 31, 2010

What is Cyber forensics?

Cyber Forensics and Cyber Crime investigation process goes through: Collecting Evidences from Digital Medias, Analysis of Evidences, Opinion or Report Writing. There are four basic steps that are followed in conducting a cyber forensic analysis: Identifying sources of evidence, Securing found evidences and preserving identified evidences, analyzing the evidences, Documenting found and analyzed evidences.

The evidence must be extracted and presented in a way that preserves its "evidence value" So the cyber forensics can be defined as the process of extracting information and data from computer storage media and guaranteeing its accuracy and reliability. The challenge of course is actually finding this data, collecting it, preserving it, and presenting it in a manner acceptable in a court of law.Cyber Forensics is a challenging and interesting field, which gives a job satisfaction. 

Cyber forensic experts can find employment in both the government and the private sector. To be a Cyber Forensic Expert, person should have a wide range of knowledge and experience about- Cyber Forensics including Cyber Crimes, Hacking, Spamming, Viruses, Tracking user activity, forensic imaging & Verification, Data recovery and analysis, File types (extensions), Encryption, Password breaking etc with basic understandings about programming languages & Operating systems like- Windows, Linux, Mac, Java, Symbian etc, and also have knowledge about legal issues, acts, laws, responsibilities etc related to digital evidence. Person must have interest in Cyber Forensics, who enjoys the investigation process and have ability to work hours continuously.

The global dependency on technology combined with the expanding presence of the Internet as a key and strategic resource requires that corporate assets are well protected and safeguarded. When those assets come under attack, or are misused, infosecurity professionals must be able to gather electronic evidence of such misuse and utilize that evidence to bring to justice those who misuse the technology.

Encase (Guidance Software's)and Forensic Tool Kit (FTK, Access Data) are the widely used tools in Cyber Forensics for Recovery and Imaging of media, all over the world, Opinions based on Encase or FTK are acceptable in any court of world. These tools plays very important role in Cyber Forensics Investigation, but many times success is depend upon the expert's knowledge, skill and experience.

The anonymity provide by the Internet, and the ability for society’s criminal element, to use information technology as a tool for social and financial discourse, mandates that those professionals charged with the responsibility of protecting critical infrastructure resources, have the tools to do so.Every crime scene contains evidence; this is because of Locard's Principle, this principle is also applicable in Cyber Forensics, as every activity on computer leaves its traces.Electronic evidence is fragile and can easily be modified. Additionally, cyber thieves, criminals, dishonest and even honest employees hide, wipe, disguise, cloak, encrypt and destroy evidence from storage media using a variety of freeware, shareware and commercially available utility programs.Cyber Forensics is the process of recovering evidences from Digital Medias. According to Robbins' definition, Computer Forensics involves the preservation, identification, extraction and documentation of computer evidence stored in the form of magnetically encoded information data.

Computer forensics has also been described as the autopsy of computer storage Medias for evidence. Chris LT Brown defined cyber forensics as the art and science of applying computer science to aid the legal processes. 
A simpler definition would be the examination of computers, cyberspace and other electronic devices for evidence that might have forensic value. Cyber Forensics Expert never works on Original or Evidence media. He first create Image file of the original disk and check its signature (MD5 hash) for accuracy and then follow all the investigation on duplicate media.

Cyber forensics, while firmly established as both an art as well as a science, is at its infancy. With technology evolving, mutating, and changing at such a rapid pace, the rules governing the application of cyber forensics to the fields of auditing, security, and law enforcement are changing as well. Almost daily, new techniques and procedures, are designed to provide infosecurity professionals a better means of finding electronic evidence, collecting it, preserving it, and presenting it to client management for potential use in the prosecution of cyber criminals.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Internet Censorship in China is Politically Motivated and it May Reduce Growth of E-commerce and M-commerce.

Denial of Chinese Govt. of cyber attacks on Google reflects Irresponsible behavior towards internet regulation. On 25th January, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology rejected claims that the state had anything to do with the attacks on Google and at least 33 other companies.The spokesman not mentioned any thing regarding the attacks on Indian PMO office computers that was also attacked by Chines hackers on the same day. As it is already proved by Google that the attacks targeted the email accounts of Chinese human rights activists and the subsequent investigations also showed that the accounts of dozens of activists in the US, China, Europe and India's PMO office "have been routinely targeted by hackers from China.

 The Chinese government instead of investigating the case and catching the culprits simply denying the involvement looks very casual and irresponsible behaviour towards proper regulation of internet.That is must in the popping up boundary of Internet due to globalization.China has also restricted free access to information that is violation of the basic rights of netizens. Even the censorship will hamper the growth of e-commerce & m-commerce in China itself. Countries that censor news and information must recognize that from an economic standpoint, there is no distinction between censoring political speech and commercial speech.

There is no doubt that If businesses in any country are denied access to either type of information, it will inevitably reduce growth.Last week, however, China reiterated that Google and other foreign outfits must obey local law. That same day, Google postponed the launch of two Android phones in the country.

Hope the China will do some introspection by realising the importance of cyberregulation and control the baviour of unregulated army of 3 lakh hackers negatively playing with Interest of foreign establishments by staying in china.


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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bharti-Walmart flagship brand faces Trademark opposition in India:


The management will fight to protect intellectual property of its Great Value label; applications filed in '08

 Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which recently launched several of its global private labels in India, through joint venture Bharti-Walmart Pvt. Ltd, is facing opposition to efforts to register its flagship brand Great Value (GV) here, according to information from the Indian trademark office's website.

"Wal-Mart has registered Great Value in various countries including India and we aggressively protect it as our intellectual property," a Bharti-Walmart spokesperson said in an email statement.

The spokesperson, however, denied knowledge of any opposition.

"Currently, Wal-Mart is not aware of any opposition to our GV brand but, if necessary, we will take necessary steps to protect our intellectual property," the spokesperson added.

Bharti-Walmart, the US retailer's joint venture with Bharti Enterprsies Ltd, had filed in 2008 about a dozen applications to trademark Great Value's logo: 'GV' in a circle emblazoned with 'Great Quality. Low Prices.' The applications were in various categories—baby food, dental wax, dried fruits, jellies and jam, bleaching preparation, soap, cosmetics, hair lotions and others, according to information from the trademark office. Most of those applications are being opposed, according to the trademark office's website.

Bharti-Walmart has already launched several Great Value products including tea, snacks, ketchup, dish-washing bar, toilet cleaner and glass cleaner; it plans to launch more in coming months, according to the company.

It takes about two years for India's Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks to scan and process any application before they are put in the public domain. Any kind of opposition to a trademark application can be made within four months from the day the trademark office makes any application public, trademark lawyers say. Bharti-Walmart's applications were made public late last year and most of its applications are being opposed.

Mint couldn't ascertain the identity of the individuals or companies opposing the Bharti-Walmart applications. Bharti-Walmart had earlier filed dozens of trademark applications seeking to trademark Indian-sounding names including Sankskar, Sabhyata, Cimran, Sur, Sitrali, Pranay, Srishti, Jovaki, Amokhya but the company faced opposition to most of the applications. It now says it will not contest the opposition.

"The application for registration of Astitva and a few other names was filed in August 2008. However, based on consumer feedback and legal opinion we went ahead with the brand name Astitva as our private label brand for Indian ethnic products. Some of the other names that had been filed for registration (except for Astitva) will lapse as we will not be pursuing them further," the Bharti-Walmart spokesperson added.


Source: livemint.com
Publication date: 1/19/2010

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List of 44 Deemed Universities going to be de-recognised in India


The PN Tondon Committee constituted by the Central Government has submitted its report recommending de-recognition of following 44 deemed Universities due to lack of infrastructure facilities and undesirable Management of the Universities.So The Ministry of HRD has submitted an affidavit before the supreme Court regarding de-recognition of 44 deemed Universities all over the Country.


1 Academy of Maritime Education and Training, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
2 Bharath Institute of Higher Education
3 BLDE University, Bijapur, Karnataka
4 Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Padur, Tamil Nadu
5 Christ College, Bangalore, Karnataka
6 D.Y. Patil Medical College, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
7 Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
8 Graphic Era University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
9 Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Hardwar, Uttarakhand
10 HIHT University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
11 Inst. of Advanced Studies in Education of Gandhi Vidya Mandir,Sardarshahr, Rajasthan
12 Jain University, Bangalore, Karnataka
13 Janardhan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Udaipur, Rajasthan
14 Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
15 Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu
16 Karpagam Academy of Higher Educatioin, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
17 Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Satara, Maharashtra
18 Lingaya's University, Faridabad, Haryana
19 Maharishi Matkandeshwar University, Ambala, Haryana
20 Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad, Haryana
21 Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
22 Mody Institute of Technology and Science, Sikar, Rajasthan
23 National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology, Delhi
24 Nava Nalanda, Nalanda, Bihar
25 Nehru Gram Bharati Vishwavidyalaya, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
26 Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
27 Periyar Maniammai Institute of Science and Technology, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
28 Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science and Technology, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
29 Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, Tamilnadu
30 Santosh University, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
31 Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
32 Shobit Institute of Engineering and Technology, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
33 Siksha Anusandhan, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
34 Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry
35 Sri Devraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Kolar, Karnataka
36 Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher education, Tumkur, Karnataka
37 St Peter's Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
38 Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara, Gujarat
39 Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra
40 Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr Sagunthala R&
41 Vel's Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced studies (VISTAS), Chennai, Tamil Nadu
42 Vignan's Foundation for Science Technology and Research, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
43 Vinayaka Mission's Research Foundation, Salem, Tamil Nadu
44 Yenepoya University, Mangalore, Karnataka

Source: http://www.indiastudychannel.com  visited on 19/01/10
 


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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Intellectual Property Regime and the Development of Orissa

Due to fast growth of biotechnological research units at different parts of world, coming days will witness more of development of transgenics that can meet the challenges due to climatic changes, environment pollution and enhanced production from unit land. This will definitely boost the growth of Intellectual Property (IP) in the state. Since technologies are now available for transfer of gene across taxa and there is greater scope for genetic manipulation, 21st century will witness trade of gene across boundary. Protection to traditional knowledge associated with agriculture is also required to forestall any attempt by other institutions/countries from acquiring illegal rights on them.

 

Orissa being a gene rich state can derive full advantage from this trade provided suitable measures are taken for conservation and protection of genetic resources. Similar steps need to be taken in case animal, fish, and microbial genetic resources. This can be achieved through systematic survey, collection and publication in appropriate media including the digital ones. Through the genetic manipulation of different crop species and their wild relatives either conventionally or through biotechnological approach, the state can produce wide array of plant varieties/transgenics for commercial exploitation.

 

 

Orissa rich in agro-biodiversity has vast potential for plant variety development. Being the hot spot of rice and many other crops including medicinal plants, cucurbits. brinjal, pulses, the state is rich in genetic resources. Orissa being a state-known for its excellence in art and craft and traditional knowledge can take this opportunity in its favour. Government has already initiated steps for the registration of Kotpad Saree and Baragarh Saree dying technology under this act to protect the interest of producers of these two GI. Similar scope exists in the field of agriculture that needs to be identified and steps need to be taken for their registration at GI Registry Chennai.

 

This will enhance the export potential of agricultural goods services and provide protection against misuse of GI by unscrupulous traders/unauthorized users. Literary creations, musical works, dramatic works, sculptural works, motion pictures, computer software, gene sequences etc. can be protected under copyright Act. Wealth can be generated from their protection and exploitation in the trade and commerce.

 

Enforcement of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Right Act-2001 and initiation of registration of plant varieties since February 2007 provides scope of not only registering the extant plant varieties of the state developed by public/private R & D, units but also registration of farmers' variety developed by the farming community. Any community/group of farmers, farmer's society, claiming to be the breeder and successor of breeder of any farmer's variety can register their variety (ies) and derive full commercial benefit from their trade. Funds are being provided from the national gene fund for rewarding gene saviours and for conservation of threatened genetic resources. State government should initiate appropriate steps in this regard so as to take full advantages of different provisions of the PPV and FR Act. Geographical indications (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 provides protection (Gl) to geographical indications of the country.

 

Besides the act has also made provision to recognize and reward farmers/farming communities who have played the role of saviour of the genetic resources of any crop/species through their age old effort in conserving, maintaining the traditional varieties, land races and agro-biodiversity of crops.  Steps to boost such kind of activity and protection to both existing and new creations and exploiting them in commerce will definitely help to improve the economic condition of individuals agencies associated with such activity. This will facilitate flow of knowledge in the society and conservation of creations which are either in unsafe state or in a state of erosion. Wide scope also exists in the state for boosting design trade particularly in agro industry sector.

 

The said discussions are only a few of many points available for development of agriculture in the state through generation, protection and commercialization of knowledge associated with agriculture and allied sector. Hope state can take full advantage of globalization process and IP regime to make it prosperous and developed in a highly competitive world. Design of agricultural machinery, equipments, and containers of different agricultural product can be protected under Indian design Act 2000 and can be commercially exploited for the growth and development of this sector. Agricultural Industries, food processing plants, traditional healers of disease can protect their IP even through Trade mark or Trade secret.

 

Industries/Institutions providing services and goods can protect their goodwill in business through registration of trademark or through appropriate confidentiality agreement in case of protection intended through trade secret. There is very good news for Orissa peoples that recently by cooperation with various stakeholders in the School of Biotechnology, KIIT University a business incubation centre is established. I am also cooperating with centre as an Intellectual Property Law advisor. Now peoples are coming with different IP issues and getting proper solutions that is providing further motivation to the IP creators.

 

 

References:

1. Gupta, Anil, K.; and Vikas Chandak (2005) competitive strategies for agricultural technology development and export through value addition: the International property right prospective.

2. Mashalkahr, R.A. (2005). Intellectual Property Rights and the third world. Current Science 81(8): 955 965.

3. Baburam Singh, www.orissa.gov.in/e-magazine/Orissareview/2009/Jan



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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Whether RTI should be applicable to CJI?

Whether Right To Information is applicable to Chief Justice of India is a substantial question of law and will be finally decided by the Supreme Court. The High Court itself had granted a certificate of appeal to the Supreme Court as substantial questions of law being involved in the case. A Full Court of the Supreme Court will take the final decision on whether or not to prefer an appeal.

As we know that Certain issues dealt with by the Supreme Court collegiums on appointment of judges, personal opinions given by judges, and response to complaints against judges could not be revealed. Covering the said matters under RTI will hamper the independence of judiciary which is right now one of the basic structures of the constitution. We should not forget that there are various constitutional obligations where strict confidentiality is must for proper governance.

During the appointment of Supreme Court and High Court judges' members of the collegiums gives their free and frank opinion. If these opinions will be disclosed to public then no judge will provide free and frank opinion that will further effect the appointment of good judges.

There are also certain matters with respect to not only Judiciary but also President and the Prime Ministers office dealing with various sensitive issues day in and day out and there was a constitutional mandate and fiduciary principle that these must be kept confidential. So the independence of the judiciary should not be compromised by exposing every aspect of the work of the courts to the public.



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Monday, January 11, 2010

Law Faculty AMU Aligarh, Organizing National Seminar on Changing Dimensions of Intellectual Property Rights in Present Economics Perspective

Subject: National Seminar on Changing Dimensions of Intellectual Property Rights    in Present Economics Perspective [Feb.6-7, 2010] 

Since the topic is very thematic and timely, I hope you will be interested in the deliberation of this seminar. I hope you will contribute a paper on the theme of seminar and participate. Your participation will go a long way to make the seminar not only successful but a memorable one. 

INSTITUTIONAL OVERVIEW 

The Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh is one of the most reputed and prestigious academic institutions in the globe. Situated in western Uttar Pradesh, it is at a distance of 130 km southeast of Delhi on the Delhi-Howrah rail route and the Grand Trunk Road. The longitude and latitude of Aligarh city are 79˚ 40' E and 27˚ 30' N respectively. The Aligarh Muslim University, a premier Central University with several faculties and maintained institutions, was established in 1920 by an Act of Parliament. It draws students from all corners of the country as well as from foreign countries, especially Africa, West Asia and Southeast Asia. It is well acclaimed for its rich heritage, culture, best traditions, secular credentials and ethos of Indian civilization. 

The faculty of Law, A.M.U is one of the oldest and well reputed faculties in India which was established in 1891 and has produced innumerable legal icons serving the nation. Popularly it is known as mother faculty because many well known law faculties in India are headed by its illustrious ex- students. The students of this faculty are rendering excellent services, both in bar as well as benches through out the nation. The faculty of Law has already introduced many new specialized subjects like Cyber Laws. Intellectual Property Rights, Human Rights, Women and laws, Environmental Laws and Clinical Legal education etc. 

The Faculty of Law, A.M.U has been successfully pursuing higher academic excellence. The faculty of law Journal entitled Aligarh Law Journal is being regularly issued with numerous researches oriented articles of the eminent personalities. Monographs and text books publication is a regular feature of the faculty. Appreciating the performance of the faculty of law, Dr. Ambedkar Chair of Legal Studies and Research has been given to it which is performing excellently. One Journal Quest for Justice and various books are being regularly published by this chair also. The faculty of law has a unique distinction in arranging large number of extra mural lectures, debates, quiz, Moot Court competitions, mock trials etc. More over at the national level, the students of the faculty have been regularly participating in various competitions, thus bringing laurels to the faculty. At the level of pedagogy, the method has lost its primacy; the emphasis today is more upon interactive learning through discussions, seminars, presentations, tutorial work etc. apart from study through case laws method.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

A spurt of interest about Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) has been visible in the country for the almost last 15 years. The recent interest started with a curiosity and an element of apprehension but now graduated to a need based compulsion and desire to introspect into the changing dimension of IPR in present economic perspective. The newly industrialized countries (NICS) gave enough vent to this concern and aimed at not only to set new rules on IPR but also to ensure that they are enforced equitably. The mandate of Trade Related aspects of Intellectual property Agreement (TRIPS) including Trade in Counterfeiting Goods (TCG) in Punta Del EST Declaration in unmistakable term enunciates to reduce the distortion and impediments to international trade by taking into account effective and adequate protection of IPR. It was also enjoined that the 'the measures and procedures for  enforcement of IPR should not become barriers to World Trade Organization (WTO) and promulgation of TRIPS Agreement however have become more susceptible to infringement without adequate return to the creators of the knowledge. The Stakes of developer of technology in new economic perspective have become very high and hence the need to protect knowledge from unlawful use has become expedient to ensure globalization research and development (R&D) to ensure recovery and profit in globalized melt down economy. The globalization, multi- lateral trade and new economic order are continuously reducing the geographical barriers rendering the global trade very complex.  

THRUST AND THEMES 

It is under this background, changing dimension of IPR in present economic perspective become important parameters influencing trade environment and development. The IP rights in such scenario require serious engagement in view of rapidly changing technology, product life cycle and trade competitiveness. This second generation reform of Indian IP Laws poised scholars to recommend changes in the context of globalized challenges and opportunities.

The two day national seminar on Changing Dimensions of IPR in Present Economic Prospective therefore, is timely and thematic for deliberation on the following thrust areas for meaningful deliberation and recommendation of strategies for IP management and legislative reforms. 

                                    I.        Impact of WTO and IPR Realization.

                                 II.        Enforcement of TRIPS Agreement.

                               III.        Patent Laws, Indian Innovations and Licensing Policies.

                              IV.        Challenges of Copyright and cyberspace.

                                 V.        Traditional knowledge and management in Plant variety, Geographical Indication on food and Biodiversity and Its impact.

                              VI.        Emergence of Designs and Trade mark laws.

                            VII.        Trade secret and Competitive law in liberalized economy.

Participation and Registration

The Seminar is aimed at capacity building in IPR teaching and research at academic and technical Institutions, government organization, research and development sector, non-governmental organization and professionals. The National Seminar aims to bring together the scholar of IPR law and policies from academics, enforcement and implementation agencies and industrial organization. The Seminar endeavors to provide a platform to share the diversity of knowledge of multi stakeholders in IPR development and research. The primary objectives of the Seminar is establishment of synergy, inter-disciplinary approaches and unified strategy to look at Changing Dimensions of IPR in Present Economic Perspectives. The registration fee will be as follows:

1. Private/Public Sector Organization    Rs. 1000

2. Research and Development laboratory and Academic Institutions and Non-Governmental Organization        Rs. 500

3. Research Scholars and Students          Rs. 300

 

Registration fees are to be paid at the venue and Registration desks.

 

 

 

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National Seminar

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Changing Dimensions of Intellectual Property Rights in Present Economic Perspective

[February 6 -7, 2010]


 
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Aligarh-202002(U.P.)                                                                  Aligarh-202002(U.P)  

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Film Avatar Sensitized Environment Protection

James Cameron's new movie Avatar is one of the hottest moovies in great discussion. The film is attracting lot of crowd in the theater because of the films computer generated effects and its science fiction theme, but everyone is leaving the theater with the unintended benefit of having rich information about the importance of environment protection. Film also gives us a glimpse of the future. As we are well aware that in the last year, researchers from NASA discovered water on the moon and there have already been discussions about the potential use of this resource. There is no doubt that this is very beneficial to humans on Earth but it may also have the negative impact on the ecology of the planet. Accordingly Avatar is set on the exomoon Pandora, where a wealth of natural resources is discovered. The year is 2154 and humans are attempting to exploit these resources but are challenged by the indigenous populations of Na'vi humanoid aliens.

The Pandora natives prevent humans from depleting their environment through mining. It's a plot line that motivates viewers to think and realize about the effects of construction, agriculture, deforestation and, of course, uncontrolled mining upon the land. The link to developing countries, where the impact of environmental degradation can have a momentous effect on individuals who rely primarily upon natural resources, rightly created. But film should also required to be highlighted the amount of harm made by the developed countries through different mechanisms.

This is a great movie in the sense that at least it sensitizes people regarding great problem of protection of the quality of environment and importance of food chain. Our Bollywood producers and directors must take some lessons from James Cameron to produce movies on important global issues those are relevant to human development instead of producing masala movies.



--
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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Saudi Economy is Affected Due to Weak IPR Regime

 

Third symposium on the laws of the intellectual property rights opened Tuesday at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry .The two-day symposium under the title: "Litigation and Compensation In Intellectual Property Rights, organized on 6th and 7th January 2010 by Saudi Law Training Center (SLTD) discussed the issues pertaining to intellectual property rights including: patent, trademarks, copy rights, the settlement of cases and other issues. "The intellectual property rights, with its two divisions of arts and industry, is an integral part of human life in science, culture, food, medicine, engineering, electronics, furniture, perfumes, clothes and others.

 

As per the speakers in the symposium "he excessive number of organizations allowed to rule on issues concerning intellectual property rights in the Kingdom has weakened the application of laws and regulations concerning it" and the aggression against the intellectual property rights cost the Saudi economy billions of riyals every year . Local and foreign experts have participated in the symposium being organized by the SLTC in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Information. The center has signed agreements and MOUs with a number of universities and law centers in various parts of the world in order to exchange expertise and trainees.

 

The bodies concerned with issues relating to intellectual property rights in Saudi Arabia included the Ministries of Culture and Information, Commerce and Industry, Rural and Municipal Affairs, the Department of Customs, King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology and the Court of Grievances. There are more than 100,000 cases of intellectual property rights now being investigated by all these bodies. This has prolonged the litigation period and made it difficult to follow up the cases. The ministry had established a committee on copyrights under the chairmanship of the undersecretary of the ministry; the committee is composed of experts in law, Islamic Shariah and information and is charged with protecting the material and moral rights of authors and writers.

Source: http://www.arabnews.com


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Sunday, January 03, 2010

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.



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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Copyright Controversy over film 3 Idiots and Chetan Bhagat's Novel "5 Point someone".


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

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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



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Friday, January 01, 2010

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.


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