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Key Changes Announced in the Regulation of Geospatial Data & Data Services

On 15 February 2021, in an effort to boost innovation in the sector, the Government of India announced the liberalisation of policies on the acquisition and production of geospatial and mapping data. In this regard, the Department of Science and Technology (“DST”) has issued a set of guidelines that has removed all prior approvals for …

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A Unified Securities Market Code: Enough to Boost Investor Confidence? We Think So!

In an attempt to further ‘Ease of Doing Business’ policies in India, the Finance Minister, in her Budget 2021-22 speech on Monday, proposed to introduce a unified Securities Market Code. This unified code will aim to consolidate multiple laws that currently regulate the market for securities and stocks in the country – namely the Securities …

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Is Knowledge a Defence To Breach in M&A Transactions?

  AN INTRODUCTION TO SANDBAGGING PROTECTIONS Sandbagging, a term borrowed from golf, is used in M&A parlance when a buyer seeks indemnity on a breach of a representation or warranty, in cases where the breach was known to the buyer, prior to closing the transaction.  What happens when a buyer is aware of a breach …

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The Right To Be Forgotten in India: Recent Developments

Recent discussions on the scope of the right to privacy often centre on the ambit of the “right to be forgotten”. Finding significant footing in the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the right to be forgotten substantiates erasure obligations, and requires companies that publicise personal data to erase links to, or copies of, such …

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APAC Update: Data Protection Developments in China

It has been an interesting quarter for data protection developments in China. Shortly after the National People’s Congress issued a draft of a proposed data protection law in October 2020, the country’s cyberspace regulator has initiated steps to limit the scope of information sought by operators of mobile applications.  The Cyberspace Administrator of China (or …

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eSports: Not To Be Trivialized, Definitely Not Devoid of Drama

What comes to your mind when you hear of eSports? Is it sport? Is it a game? Many of you may scoff at the proposition that eSports are sports and may be tempted to dismiss it as a fad or as insignificant. The numbers however would suggest a completely different story. The League of Legends World Championship …

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OTT Platforms: Arbitrary Decisions, Inconsistent Rules, and Constitutional Challenges?

Over-The-Top (“OTT”) media platforms, like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ Hotstar, have gained much popularity in recent years, and provided us with some of the few success stories of 2020, in the wake of a pandemic-induced, and global, economic slowdown. Still, these OTT platforms have long been grappling with fairly elementary legal questions in India, given …

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IBLJ ranks us a top tier law firm for (i) Data Compliance and Cybersecurity, (ii) Fintech and (iii) Technology & Telecommunications

We are pleased to announce that Spice Route Legal’s work has been appreciated by the India Business Law Journal and we have ranked as a top tier law firm for data compliance and cybersecurity, fintech and technology and telecommunications. The editorial board observed that “In a short period of time, Spice Route Legal has made …

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