Disputes arising from AI use are governed by archaic laws, which do not address issues like data privacy, and consumer protection and labour liability.
The court conclusively stated that the reproduction of any work by a teacher or a pupil in the course of instruction would not constitute infringement.
Ending mass sterilisation camps may not be enough to restore the dignity and right to choose of vulnerable women unless the biases behind such policies are challenged.
While citizenship rules along the lines of religion are not unknown in India, the new Bill has made this distinction explicit.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s observations on sentencing policy assume significance, especially in the context of the recent trend among Supreme Court judges to quantify the life sentence as an alternative to the death sentence.
Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw stated that copyright is not a divine right and also lifted the restrictions that were imposed on the shop four years ago.
It is one thing to say protests ought to be non-violent; but to restrict any agitation against a court order on the grounds that further legal remedies are available may constitute a serious violation of the democratic rights of citizens, say observers.
“What is to be done for the security of the nation is best left to the executive and the army,” the court said, dismissing a petition seeking an end to official security and other expenditure for ‘separatist’ leaders.
Constitutionally, the apex court should have refused to hear the special leave petitions against the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal’s final order of 2007.
The draconian law is almost as old as independent India and the criticisms being made of it today were anticipated by many of the country’s first legislators.
A letter to T.S. Thakur from activists and former information commissioners says the current state of affairs in the Supreme Court is eroding public trust.
Why is it that the Indian judiciary has all the time in the world to entertain frivolous cases but can’t clear its prolific backlog of pending cases?
Police across the country continue to use section 66A to book people for making offensive comments on social media, blissfully unaware of its deletion from the IT Act.
The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has a high conviction rate, but its inability to solve the drug problem in the country raises questions about its utility.
Ankur Parwan was sentenced to death for voluntarily throwing acid with the intention to cause harm and committing murder by a special women’s court.
The draft Bill appears to have been framed without addressing the actual concerns of the surrogacy arrangements in India, and could do more harm than good by leading to the exploitation of women.
The apex court on Monday cautioned the police against misuse of the sedition law and directed them to follow its earlier Kedar Nath judgment.
Justice Chelameswar says the practice of not keeping records of collegium meetings hurts the judiciary’s credibility and its relations with the executive.
Sedition law has been repeatedly used to harass people who criticise the state or express views contrary to that of the government on issues ranging from nationhood to specific policies.
The patent also covers the raw materials to make the drugs, which means it would allow the manufacturer to disrupt or stop exports of the raw materials from India.
The law criminalises any act that “excites disaffection”, irrespective of whether it instigates violence. Such a law is detrimental to free speech and does not belong in a democracy.
The Supreme Court bench declared the acquisition a “colourable exercise of power and a fraud on the people”. It directed the West Bengal government to return the land to the farmers, who originally owned the land, in 12 weeks.
The courts have repeatedly stripped the surrogate of the little power she might have in such arrangements, a position the new bill is likely to take forward.
A report released by CRY draws a parallel between education and child marriage, claiming the disruption or lack of education as one of the major hurdles in the abolition of child marriage.
Activists are hopeful that the judgments will help deter private companies from functioning with impunity and under the cover of governmental apathy.
The MPISA only seeks to address issues that have already been addressed through existing laws and then further empowers the police to absurd lengths.
In refusing to compensate people who were incarcerated on false charges, the Indian judiciary displays a worrying lack of responsibility.
Making scathing comments about the state police’s slow investigation into the disappearance of Rahul Sachan, the Allahabad high court ordered the case to be transferred to the CBI.
We are left in the end with the collegium once again, and the only effective remedy for its problems is for the members of the collegium to exhibit a united front. This requires bold statesmanship on their part.
The death of two workers at Anna University contravened no law because the laws are particularly blind to occupational safety at small enterprises.
Members of nomadic and denotified tribes are required to produce address proof from 1961 to obtain a caste certificates, without which they cannot avail the benefits of government schemes.
Championing the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, Sushma Swaraj said it will protect women from being exploited, especially by the rampant medical tourism industry.
The executive’s steadfast refusal to address the shortfall of judges in India’s courts endangers the very concept of constitutional justice.
Focussing on the violation of bodily integrity and sexual autonomy was the rationale behind the expansion of the definition of rape beyond penile-vaginal penetration.
The law will benefit only a miniscule percentage of women, while ignoring the majority who are working as contractual labour, farmers, self-employed women and housewives.
Abandoning public displays of disapproval in favour of closed door discussions is the only way forward.
Thirty petitioners – some Dalits, some not, some representing sex workers and others who say eating beef is part of their food culture – are challenging Maharashtra’s ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks and the consumption of beef of cattle slaughtered in Maharashtra.
The misapplication of the sedition law inhibits opposition against the ruling party and violates freedom of expression, in addition to harassing the accused.
There is a need to de-stigmatise the termination of pregnancies and allow for late term abortions since a woman’s right to abortion is a necessary condition for her reproductive autonomy.
The document doesn’t punish people who lay bad roads, doesn’t seem keen on protecting pedestrians and just doesn’t address how road accidents must be investigated.