MissingRainbow writes: "A few days ago I had a conversation with my elder brother who is a doctor in
United Kingdom. While discussing about copyrights he informed me of a peculiar
situation, which I found difficult to fathom. He told me that the copyright
for his wedding photos is held by the company that he hired for the purpose,
and that if he needs any photos to be printed he must get it from the same
company. He also told me that the charges are quite high. My question to all
of you is this: Does this have legal standing? How can the company retain
copyright for the photos of a private marriage function? Since these photos
are not meant for publishing does the question of copyright even arise? Or can
they publish those wedding photos without permission from my brother? What
happens if that company shuts down? Why cannot my brother avail the benefits
of competition between different photo-printing companies to get a better deal?
Can anything be done about this?"
MissingRainbow writes: "To avoid paying taxes in India, Microsoft wanted the court to believe that it is selling its product and that there are no royalty payments involved. But their EULA states "the product is licensed, not sold". Microsoft's own EULA worked against them in this particular case. "Royalty, under domestic law, is taxable at 15%. With the addition of interest payable for all these years, the total tax liability could be about Rs 700 crore." The court ruled against Microsoft."
MissingRainbow writes: "India has officially rejected Microsoft's OOXML document format. The news article states that, "when the committee participants were asked: "Should India change its September 2007 No vote to Yes?", 13 voted with a 'No' including the Department of Information Technology (DIT), National Informatics Centre (NIC), CDAC, IIT-Mumbai, IIM-Ahmedabad, Red Hat, IBM and Sun Microsystems. " I think that this means, in the not so far into the future, ODF will be the most popular document format."
MissingRainbow writes: "Microsoft Office 2007 software is now available as a pre-paid service in India. While buying a computer you can obtain a pre-paid license for a specific duration (say six months). And after that period, it can be renewed. They are comparing this service with the mobile pre-paid cellular services. The price difference between perpetual license and this pre-paid license is quite huge. A perpetual license would cost INR 15,000/- while a pre-paid license for six months would cost just INR 1500/-. So if the MS Office release cycle is less than 5 years, it would make sense to go with the pre-paid option. Otherwise why would anybody want to go pre-paid?"
MissingRainbow writes: "An HCL employee was arrested and kept under custody for 50 days at Bangalore, India. His crime was to have defamed an historical person named Chhatrapati Shivaji, on Google's Orkut social networking site. Later the police found that they had the wrong person under custory and hence released him. When the police was asked about this their response was "We made a mistake. So what?". The error was that they relied on the information (the IP address) provided by internet service provider (ISP), Airtel. And that turned out to be false! Now who is responsible for this debacle? The ISP, for providing the wrong information or the police for not doing their due research before arresting the person? What if the ISP had some ulterior motive for doing this? Why no action is being taken against the ISP for providing false information?"
MissingRainbow writes: "In India, privacy issues are not taken very seriously. Thats why the news, that a big telecommunications company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), is providing a service named 'Target Subscriber Notification', which can be used to track subscribers, did not surprise me much. This is touted as a value added service and is available for both police and common subscribers. There are two problems with this. One is that the procedure for the police to avail this facility against an individual is not very clear. I think it will be available for the asking. Since the news article, doesn't even bother to mention the word privacy anywhere, you know the kind of importance it is given in India. The other problem is in the family. I foresee lot of trouble between husband and wife, parents and children, and between lovers because of this service."
MissingRainbow writes: "A group of people in Kolkata, India constructed a pandal (consider this a temporary building used during festivals) based on the Harry Potter theme. The pandal was constructed for a famous festival called Durga Pooja. The Harry Potter theme was used because of its popularity with the neighborhood children. This was a non-commercial use. This should have made the creators of Harry Potter proud. But sadly it didn't. Instead of considering this as free marketing, they have sued the organizers of the Durga Pooja function. Is this how ardent fans are rewarded?"