The case for non-compete clauses

The non-compete clause has been troubling people for over six hundred years. Back in 1414, one Mr. John Dyer signed a contract not to ply his trade in the same town as that of his master for six months after his apprenticeship concluded. When the master attempted to enforce this…

Regulating content in the age of social media

Back in 2018, Facebook’s highest executives met every other Tuesday to discuss the problems of misinformation, hate speech, and other disturbing content spread across their platforms. These discussions resulted in the establishment of the Content Standards Forum run by Facebook’s lower level administrators. The working group at this forum considers…

Inherent fault-lines in the new reservation policy

Lack of education apart, the latest reservation for the ‘backward’ may, above all, be proof that our legislators continue to struggle with ideological constructs that are both anachronistic and debunked. Allow me to explain. On January 14, 2019, the Central Government notified the 103rd constitutional amendment which confers States with…

IPR and Digital Piracy: A Lost Cause

Recently, the New Zealand Court of Appeals approved an American re­quest to extradite one of the world’s most celebrated digital pirates, Kim Dotcom, back to the United States. American prosecutors had alleged that the creator of megaupload.com had cost copyright holders upwards of $500m (Rs 3,454 crore) in unpaid royalties on pirated…