Validity- The Plaintiff must own an enforceable right in the identity or persona of a human being.
Identifiability- The Celebrity must be identified as a result of the Defendant’s improper usage. Violation of a celebrity’s right to publicity does not require proof of untruth, confusion, or deception, especially where the celebrity is identified. However, the right to public opinion goes beyond the customary boundaries of misleading advertising regulations.
By analysing the various landmark judgments in the context of IPR relating to the Indian Entertainment Industry, the need for IP Rights and its implications on the industry can be understood well. It is the need of the hour for all members of the industry to protect the originality and creativity of content, increase knowledge about intellectual property rules, and discern the many types of violations and the changes made to the legislation, as well as the ramifications for the industry’s health, with many more innovations in the industry, such as the dominance of OTT Platforms, the need to understand and explore the many facets of IPR increases.
[i] 2019 (80) PTC 200 (DEL)
[ii] CS (OS) 1714/2001
[iii] CS(OS) No.2662/2011.