The Delhi High Court last week disposed of a case filed by ShareChat against its rival Helo, which is owned by China’s Bytedance. The court set the case aside after Helo made various changes, including to its design and content, without being ordered to. The judgement is not yet available on the Delhi High Court's website, but previous orders are. In its lawsuit, ShareChat had accused Helo of being a "complete copy" of its own app, saying it mimicked not only its design and features but even the look of individual icons. It also accused Helo of copying various posts and comments by ShareChat users and attributing them to fictitious people on its own app. Additionally, it said that ByteDance was unfairly bidding on the keyword ‘ShareChat’ on AdWords, Google’s advertising platform, to secure a higher placement in a Google search for that keyword. It claimed that this not only constituted copyright infringement but also gave the impression that ShareChat was owned by or associated with Helo and ByteDance. Helo changes design, stops bidding on ShareChat keyword On November 1st last year, the court noted that Helo had: Changed the user interface and login screen of its app Tweaked the partial image that appeared in its listing on the Google Play Store Discontinued and/or deactivated its keywords involving 'Share' and 'Chat' on Google Adwords Changed the content categories and sub-categories on its app In an order on April 14, the court told ShareChat's lead counsel to ask his client if the suit could…
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