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Karnataka Draft Bill : BAN on online gambling? | LawWiser Shorts

The Karnataka government has decided to impose a ban on online gambling or betting. However, lottery and horse racing have not been prohibited. These amendments will be made to the Karnataka Police Act, 1963.

The draft of the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Bill, 2021, is yet to be available publicly. #Watchnow #LawWiserShorts on Karnataka Draft Bill: Online Gaming by Srinivas Kotni, Founder and Managing Partner, Lexport. He shares his views on the Karnataka government’s proposal to ban online gambling by amending the Karnataka Police Act.

The state government has also announced imposing penalties and arrests in cases of violation of these proposed rules. It is expected that there would be a balance in the distinction between the game of skill and the game of chance. As many start-ups are venturing into online games of skill and are also seeking investments for the same. A blanket ban would impact this sector hugely in terms of investment and employment as well.

However, various courts have repeatedly held that games of skill would not be covered under gambling and they cannot be outright prohibited. The sector is seeking proper regulation of online gaming including online gambling. Once the draft bill is made public more information on the provisions would clarify any doubts.

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The Issue of Anti-Suit Injunction & Anti-Enforcement Injunction

Tune in now to watch LawWiser video on Anti-suit Injunction and Anti-enforcement Injunction with our Consulting Editor Sania Husaini and Zafar Khurshid, Senior Partner, TKC Partners. In this video, we try to explore and understand these not so commonly used concepts.

The Delhi High Court in the case of Interdigital Technology Corporation vs. Xiaomi Corporation & Ors granted an anti-enforcement injunction. It is a one-of-a-kind case where it was held that a foreign court cannot restrain a party from pursuing their cause before Indian Court when Indian jurisdiction is the only competent forum to adjudicate the claim.

The issue started with the case that was filed for alleged use of technology without due authorisation. It was claimed by the claimant that they grant licenses at rates as per FRAND rates (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory). In this case, injunctions were sought only if the defendants haven’t acquired licenses at FRAND rates.

The Delhi High Court has dealt with this case in detail and several factors were considered while deciding the case.

In this video, we explore and understand – the background and facts of this case – the concept of anti-suit injunction and anti-enforcement injunction – factors considered by the High Court – what precedent do this case set and the way ahead.

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Mitigating Risks of Cybersecurity Issues in M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) Transactions

As businesses have started opening up and we move towards post-pandemic growth levels, M&A transactions are gradually reviving. The issue of cybersecurity in M&A has increased because of our dependence on technology and it has become very important to incorporate cybersecurity measures in this digital age.

Cybersecurity due diligence is now getting recognition as a fundamental element as it helps in identifying and remediating risks associated with M&A deals.

Watch this engaging video on ” Mitigating risks of cybersecurity issues in M&A transactions” where Sonali Singh, Senior Manager- Legal at Cognizant Technology Solution, takes us through the benefits, process, and need for the incorporation of cybersecurity in M&A transactions.

She also talks about cyber threats and their consequences on M&A deals by focusing on important case laws. She further discusses the key role of cybersecurity in future M&A transactions and its regulations as technology coupled with data and privacy breaches have increased across the globe.


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Intellectual Property Infringement

Intellectual Property is the product of a person’s intellect that gives exclusive rights to its creator. With the growth of the Internet and digitalization, Intellectual Property infringement and theft have emerged as major issues globally.

Intellectual Property infringement generally refers to unauthorized use or violation of Intellectual Property rights like patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, etc.

Watch this interesting conversation featuring Sanjit Kaur Batra, Regional Legal Director – Greater Asia International Flavors & Fragrances. focusing on factors leading to its increase, and recent trends around the globe. It also helps us understand the difference between IP theft and infringement. She also recommends a few suggestions and strategies for resolving the issue of IP infringement.

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Laws Concerning Spyware in India (Pegasus Spyware Case)

Recently, there were reports published by the Washington Post and The Guardian highlighting the use of Pegasus spyware in 10 countries including India. These reports have highlighted the issue of spyware laws and user privacy concerns.

What is Pegasus? Spyware that infects devices and spies on the victim by transferring data to a master server in an unauthorized manner. It is developed, marketed, and licensed to foreign governments around the world by NSO Group, an Israeli company. This is the second time that the Pegasus incident has been reported in India and it also creates the need for more stringent laws for spyware control in the country.

In this video, watch Avani Shukla of LawWiser quickly explaining details about the Pegasus spyware issue and the different laws concerning spyware in India. She also shares WhatsApp’s legal battle against the Pegasus. Get to know all about the spyware laws in India and what lies ahead of it. #Watchnow!

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QuickBytes – Section 69 A of the IT Act (Information Technology Act), 2000

Section 69 A of the Information and Technology Act, 2000 empowers the Central Government to issue directions to block public access to any information through any computer source.

 

When the Central Government or any officer specially authorized by it is satisfied that it is necessary in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, it may issue an order to block public access to such information.

 

Tune into this video where LawWiser takes you through Section 69 A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

 

We will also note the powers of the Central Government under Section 69 A, some instances related to it in India, and debates surrounding the topic.

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Who are Intermediaries (Analysis of Section 79, IT Act) – U-Special

Excited to announce the first video series under #LawWiser U-Special, our academic collaboration vertical.

Students of Jamia Law Fac will be explaining a diverse range of legal topics in a simple way.

#Watchnow as Aayushi Bana breaks down everything that has happened so far with respect to the 2021 Intermediary Rules.

She focuses upon the safe harbour provision of the IT act and the effect of it on the subordinate legislation. It all makes for an insightful explanation!

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In A Minute – WhatsApp Challenge to New Intermediaries Rule 2021

There is lot of buzz around #WhatsApp challenge before Delhi High Court against certain rules of The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

Watch now and understand it all in the #LawWiser IN A MINUTE powered by Phoenix Legal with their Partner Pranav Srivastava. He shares quick highlights of the case basis which the challenge to the new rules has been made.

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Taxes on Global Digital Corporations – Notifications of SEP Thresholds

The Government of India recently notified the relevant threshold to constitute ‘Significant Economic Presence’ (SEP). The concept of SEP was introduced in the Income-Tax Act, 1961 (‘ITA’) from April 1, 2018.

Watch this LawWiser IN A MINUTE video powered by Phoenix Legal, where, Pranav Srivastava, Partner, Phoenix Legal, takes us through the highlights of this notification. He also shares the highlights and the objective of this law which is to tax the income of non-residents operating online digital platforms.

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Charting the way for Intermediaries and Digital Content rules

Here’s an interesting conversation between Vinod and Suchita who are both Partners at Argus Partners.

They touch upon what the new Rules for regulation of intermediaries and digital content are.

They give us a very detailed take on what the differences are between these Rules and the previously notified 2011 Rules.

Everything from Due Diligence to redressal mechanisms as well as significant social media intermediaries has been covered in this video by LawWiser and Argus partners

We recommend watching for a holistic and balanced understanding of the 2021 rules!

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