Law in the Time of COVID-19-Part 4


  • Unauthorised Circulation of PDFs of E-Papers: Dainik Jagran Case

    Unauthorised Circulation of PDFs of E-PapersA news recently sparked media frenzy wherein it was reported that sharing of PDFs of e-papers by administrators/creators of groups on social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Telegram would attract penalty. With a view to seek injunctive relief against the same, Dainik Jagran moved the Delhi High Court against the instant messaging app, Telegram in respect of unauthorised circulation of its e-papers on its platform. Read Full story here.

  • Department of Telecom & Gear Makers at Loggerheads Over Source Code Provision

    Delhi High CourtAs per reports, with a view to undertake security assurance testing for telecom gear manufacturers, the government is planning on a requirement to share their source codes. According to recent media reports dated June 09, 2020 the Department of Telecommunication (DoT), Government of India, is in the process of developing a provision that would mandate providing source code for every network equipment deployed by the telecom gear manufacturers. Read Full story here.

  • Quikr and OLX restrained from fraudulent Job postings related to Reliance and JIO

    Quikr and OLX restrained from fraudulent Job postingsThe Hon’ble High Court of Delhi vide two separate orders dated May 28, 2020 has restrained online web portals, OLX India and Quickr, from publishing fraudulent job advertisements containing the name and trade mark of Reliance Industries Limited. Read Full story here.

  • Publishers Sue Internet Archive for free access to E-books

    E-books Covid-19In a recent lawsuit filed by the 4 major publishing houses, namely Hachette Book Group, INC., Harpercollins Publishers LLC, John Wiley & Sons, INC., and Penguin Random House LLC, against the Internet Archive (IA) for copyright infringement by way of creating a “National Emergency Library” (NEL) in view of the current Covid-19 pandemic.Read Full story here.

  • GST on remuneration of Directors- CBIC issues clarification

    Indirect taxThe Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (hereinafter referred to as ‘CBIC’), GST (Goods and services Tax) wing, vide its Notification dated June 10, 2020 has clarified the position on applicability of GST on remuneration of directors.Read full story here.

  • Government plans to decriminalise certain offences under Financial Sector Laws

    financial sector lawsThe Ministry of Finance, Department of Financial Services on June 08, 2020 has issued its statement of reason for Decriminalization of minor offences for improving business sentiment and unclogging Court processes including decriminalization of Section 138 of Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881 for dishonour of cheque.Read Full story here.

  • India: Legal Compliances for Infrared Thermometers

    Legal CompliancesIn the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, infrared thermometers are now required for screening by almost all kinds of establishments, at airports, hotels, restaurant, offices and at all those places which are hosting even a small gathering of people. Therefore, the business of infrared thermometers or digital thermometers is one of the few businesses to have thrived during this crucial situation. Herein we discuss the legal and statutory compliances for sale and manufacture of infrared thermometers in India. Read Full story here.



    covid 19Since our previous update, on various government schemes launched globally so as to tackle the economic disturbances which have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have endeavoured to prepare a list of all the significant coronavirus related regulatory updates, to keep you up to date.Read Full story here.

  • Government may allow Import of Under Trial Drugs for treatment of COVID-19

    Government may allow Import of Under Trial Drugs for treatmentAs per reports, the Indian Government taking a visionary approach is in the process of easing out the Rules with objective to facilitate easier import of untested drugs undergoing clinical trials in other countries, for ‘compassionate use,’ including treatment for patients suffering from life threatening ailments, COVID-19, rare pediatric disorders and genetic diseases.Read Full story here.

  • Delhi High Court permits E-service of Summons and Documents

    The RBIIn the wake of incessant rise of coronavirus cases in our National Capital Region, the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has taken up, yet another commendable initiative, and suspended the physical delivery of all documents, notices, summons and daks. Read full story here.

  • India: CGPDTM withdraws May 18 notification; New Deadline to be determined by the Court

    central general of patents, design & trademarksThe CGPDTM has notified to all the stakeholders that the public notice dated May 18, 2020 stood effectively withdrawn and the timeline or period for the completion of such acts or proceedings, filing of reply or document, payment of fees, etc. falling due after March 15, 2020, would now be determined as per the orders of the Hon’ble Court, as the case may be. Read Full story here.

  • Delhi High Court introduces “Public viewing” of Court Proceedings

    The Delhi high courtThe Hon’ble Delhi High Court (hereinafter as ‘the Court’) in order to bring back the practice of public hearing, has introduced ‘public viewing’ of Court proceedings in lieu of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, vide its latest notification dated June 20, 2020Read full story here.

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