Date of Birth:
16 July 1974
The name of the law school from which you received your first law degree:
National Law School of India University, Bangalore,
Current law firm and office:
KLAW/Krishnamurthy & Co, Bangalore
Position within the firm:
Details of any past law firms worked with:
Anand and Anand Advocates, New Delhi
Key practice areas:
Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment, Information Technology
Why you chose to focus on these areas:
Mainly because I find these practice areas the most interesting and intriguing. They require the practitioner to keep abreast of developments in science, technology and the arts. These areas are some of the most quickly developing subjects of law in India and are undergoing constant changes through legislation and precedent to meet the needs of present day corporate India. This makes the practice of law in this field a challenging and intellectually stimulating affair.
Details of the matter that I have worked on in my career to date that I am most proud of, and why:
Music Broadcast v. Phonographic Performance Ltd. – This was India’s first case concerning compulsory licensing of music for radio broadcasting. I represented the FM Radio broadcaster and filed the first application before the Copyright Board under the provisions for compulsory licensing for the purpose of radio broadcast in 2001. The provision had never been exercised in the 43 years that the Copyright Act 1957 had been in force. This case spawned a whole series of litigations spanning various High Courts, the Copyright Board and finally reached the Supreme Court in 2008. Among other interesting legal and procedural issues, these cases have set important precedents on issues concerning the non-voluntary licensing of music for the purpose of FM Radio broadcast and royalty computation. Changes in copyright legislation were brought in as a result of these litigations in 2012. Litigation on the subject continues and the results will have a profound impact on the areas of collective licensing and broadcasting in India.
Names of senior lawyers that you look up to or consider to be mentors:
Ms Naina Krishna Murthy, Managing Partner, KLAW/ Krishnamurthy & Co.
Mr Saikrishna Rajagopal – Managing Partner, Saikrishna & Associates, New Delhi
Pravin Anand – Managing Partner, Anand and Anand Advocates, New Delhi
Mr Himanshu Kane – Managing Partner, W. S. Kane and Associates, Mumbai