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Blog Entry 2015 USTR Report: Old Wine in New Bottle
by Anubha Sinha published May 11, 2015 last modified Jun 16, 2015 10:24 AM — filed under: , , ,
Every year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) undertakes an elaborate exercise to castigate countries' domestic intellectual property (IP) law and policy. The criticisms and recommendations are presented in a document called the Special 301 Report. This year's edition puts India on the Priority Watch List for the twenty-sixth time in a row. Below, I rebut the report's prejudicial claims and demands, and argue that the report puts free speech, innovation and public interest in jeopardy.
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‘Miracle at Marrakesh’ to help visually impaired read
by Prasad Krishna published Jun 30, 2013 last modified Jul 02, 2013 10:07 AM — filed under: , , ,
The treaty will make access to books for the visually impaired, blind and print disabled easier.
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Blog Entry A Guide to Key IPR Provisions of the Proposed India-European Union Free Trade Agreement
by Glover Wright published Jul 13, 2010 last modified Aug 30, 2011 01:06 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The Centre for Internet and Society presents a guide for policymakers and other stakeholders to the latest draft of the India-European Union Free Trade Agreement, which likely will be concluded by the end of the year and may hold serious ramifications for Indian businesses and consumers.
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A New Age in News
by Prasad Krishna published Jun 30, 2010 last modified Apr 02, 2011 11:26 AM — filed under:
Citizen journalism and online piracy were key topics during the opening day of the Mekong Information and Communication Technology conference. The 2010 Mekong ICT conference in Chang Mai, Thailand, has brought together an experienced crowd of experts from all over the globe. They have gathered to discuss the status, trends and the current situation of the ICT world.
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Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 15, 2010 last modified Apr 02, 2011 08:14 AM — filed under:
Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property charts the rise of the access to knowledge movement, a movement in which Open Society Foundations have played a key role. It maps the vast terrain of legal, cultural, and technical issues that activists and thinkers aligned to the movement negotiate every day.
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Blog Entry Access to Medicines: Petition to the US Government to Stop Pressure on India
by Nehaa Chaudhari published Nov 30, 2014 last modified Dec 10, 2014 01:02 PM — filed under: ,
There is growing pressure on India from the US Government to change its intellectual property system. Bending to US pressure will put medicines out of reach for millions of patients in India and other developing countries.
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Blog Entry Access to online information and knowledge – advancing human rights and democracy
by Radha Rao published Nov 18, 2009 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:34 AM — filed under:
An article by Achal Prabhala in GISW 2009 (Global Information Society Watch, 2009)
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Blog Entry An Interview With Arjen Kamphuis
by Sanchia de Souza published Apr 28, 2009 last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:01 AM — filed under: , , ,
In an email interview with the Centre for Internet and Society, Dutch open source activist Arjen Kamphuis discussed his experience of successfully working with the government for a policy mandating open standards for all government IT in the Netherlands.
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Blog Entry Analysing Alice Corporation Pty Ltd v CLS Bank International Et Al
by Anubha Sinha published Aug 01, 2014 — filed under: ,
The US Supreme Court delivered a unanimous decision in Alice Corporation Pty Ltd v CLS Bank International Et Al last month. The decision concerning software related inventions (with respect to carving an exception to “abstract ideas” patent eligibility category) was the most awaited and the final patent ruling of the US’ Supreme Court’s term. This post presents an analysis of the decision and a timeline of landmark US judicial decisions on software patents.
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Blog Entry Analysis of the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2012
by Pranesh Prakash published May 23, 2012 last modified Nov 12, 2013 02:13 PM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
There are some welcome provisions in the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2012, and some worrisome provisions. Pranesh Prakash examines five positive changes, four negative ones, and notes the several missed opportunities. The larger concern, though, is that many important issues have not been addressed by these amendments, and how copyright policy is made without evidence and often out of touch with contemporary realities of the digital era.
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