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Blog Entry Statement of CIS on the Work of the Committee in the 21st SCCR
by Nirmita Narasimhan published Nov 23, 2010 last modified May 29, 2014 06:57 AM — filed under: ,
The twenty-first session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights was held in Geneva from 8 to 12 November 2010. Nirmita Narasimhan attended the conference and represented the Centre for Internet and Society.
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Blog Entry Problems Remain with Standing Committee's Report on Copyright Amendments
by Pranesh Prakash published Dec 16, 2010 last modified Sep 06, 2011 07:50 AM — filed under: , , , ,
The Rajya Sabha Standing Committee on Human Resource Development (under which ministry copyright falls) recently tabled their report on the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010 before Parliament. There is much to be applauded in the report, including the progressive stand that the Committee has taken on the issue of providing access by persons with disabilities. This post, however, will concern itself with highlighting some of the problems with that report, along with some very important considerations that got missed out of the entire amendment debate.
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Blog Entry Seminar on Software Patent and the Commons
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 02, 2010 last modified Oct 23, 2011 02:22 PM — filed under: , ,
A pre-grant opposition has been filed against a software patent application filed in the patent office by Certicom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Research in Motion (RIM), manufacturers of Blackberry. The opposition was filed on August 31, 2010 by the Software Freedom Law Centre which has recently expanded its operations to India. This exciting development was announced by Mishi Choudhary from SFLC on the lines of the seminar on “Software Patents and the Commons” organised on 1 September 2010 in Delhi jointly by SFLC, the Centre for Internet and Society, the Society for Knowledge Commons and Red Hat. Filing more such oppositions to software patents in India was in the pipeline and this is just the beginning of a movement to take on monopolisation of knowledge and ideas through patenting software, the organisers said.
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Blog Entry New Release of IPR Chapter of India-EU Free Trade Agreement
by Pranesh Prakash published Jan 12, 2011 last modified Sep 22, 2011 12:34 PM — filed under: , , ,
A draft of the IPR chapter of the EU-India FTA, made publicly available now for the first time, provides insight into India's response in July 2010 to several EU proposals on intellectual property protection and enforcement.
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Blog Entry Why Parallel Importation of Books Should Be Allowed
by Pranesh Prakash published Jan 25, 2011 last modified Feb 01, 2019 05:41 PM — filed under: , ,
There has been much controversy lately with some publishers trying to stop the government from amending s.2(m) of the Indian Copyright Act, clarifying that a parallel import will not be seen as an "infringing copy". This blog post argues that the government should, keeping in mind the larger picture, still go ahead and legalise parallel imports.
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Blog Entry Indian Law and "Parallel Exports"
by Pranesh Prakash published Feb 01, 2011 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:47 AM — filed under: , ,
Recently, a lawyer for the publishing industry made the claim that allowing for parallel importation would legally allow for the exports of low-priced edition. Here we present a legal rebuttal of that claim.
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Blog Entry Thomas Abraham's Rebuttal on Parallel Importation
by Pranesh Prakash published Feb 10, 2011 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:47 AM — filed under: , ,
We engaged in an e-mail conversation with Thomas Abraham, the managing director of Hachette India, on the issue of parallel importation of books into India. We thought it would be in the public interest to publish a substantive part of that conversation. In this post he points at great length how our arguments are faulty. While we still believe that he doesn't succeed, we hope this will clarify matters a bit.
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Blog Entry Pirates, Plagiarisers, Publishers
by Prashant Iyengar published Mar 09, 2011 last modified May 29, 2014 05:55 AM — filed under: , ,
This article attempts to rescue not by denying the charges of plagiarism, but by charting an alternative trajectory of plagiarism so that each successive instance does not amplify our sense of embarrassment and crisis in the academy. The article by Prashant Iyengar was published in the Economic & Political Weekly, February 26, 2011, Vol XLVI No 9.
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Blog Entry Comments to the Ministry on WIPO Broadcast Treaty (March 2011)
by Pranesh Prakash published Mar 21, 2011 last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:29 AM — filed under: , , , ,
As a follow up to a stakeholder meeting called by the MHRD on the WIPO Broadcast Treaty, CIS provided written comments on the April 2007 Non-Paper of the WIPO Broadcast Treaty, emphasising the need for a signal-based approach to be taken on the Broadcast Treaty, and making it clear that India should continue to oppose the creation of new rights for webcasters.
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Blog Entry Govt for Legalising Parallel Import of Copyright Works; Publishers Oppose
by Shamnad Basheer published Aug 30, 2011 last modified Aug 30, 2011 10:19 AM — filed under: , ,
Section 2(m) legalises the parallel imports of books and other copyrighted material into India and was part of the initial Copyright Amendment Bill introduced in the Parliament of India in 2010.
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