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Photocopying the past

by Sunil Abraham — last modified Sep 25, 2011 08:06 PM

There is no single correct position when it comes to intellectual property or IP. In fact, there are at least five correct positions that you could possibly adopt based on who you are — a pro-creator position, a pro-entrepreneur position, a pro-government position, a pro-consumer position and a public interest position.

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CIS-TWN Analysis of WIPO Treaty for the Print Disabled (SCCR/22/15)

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Oct 12, 2011 08:29 AM

CIS and the Third World Network (TWN) conducted a quick analysis of the "Consensus document on an international instrument on limitations and exceptions for persons with print disabilities presented by Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, and the United States of America" presented as WIPO document numbered SCCR/22/15.

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Calling Out the BSA on Its BS

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Sep 14, 2011 06:16 PM

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is trying to pull wool over government officials' eyes by equating software piracy with tax losses. Pranesh Prakash points out how that argument lacks cogency, and that tax losses would be better averted if BSA's constituent companies just decided to pay full taxes in India.

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Copyright Amendment Bill in Parliament

by Nirmita Narasimhan — last modified Aug 30, 2011 09:26 AM

The Copyright Amendment Bill is expected to be presented in the Rajya Sabha by the Minister for Human Resource and Development, Kapil Sibal today afternoon. The much awaited Bill (since it has been in the offing since 2006) has undergone significant changes since its initial appearance.

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Govt for Legalising Parallel Import of Copyright Works; Publishers Oppose

by Shamnad Basheer — last modified Aug 30, 2011 10:19 AM

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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Don't Shoot the Messenger: Speech on Intermediary Liability at 22nd SCCR of WIPO

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Jun 01, 2012 03:01 PM

This is a speech made by Pranesh Prakash at an side-event co-organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Internet Society on intermediary liability, to coincide with the release of Prof. Lillian Edwards's WIPO-commissioned report on 'Role and Responsibility of the Internet Intermediaries in the Field of Copyright'.

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Statement of CIS, India, on the WIPO Broadcast Treaty at the 22nd SCCR

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:41 AM

The twenty-second session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is being held in Geneva from June 15 to June 24, 2011. Nirmita Narasimhan and Pranesh Prakash are attending the conference. CIS delivered its statement, on the Broadcast Treaty, and made it available in print form as well.

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Putting a Lid on Royalty Outflows — How the RBI can Help Reduce India's IP Costs

by Sanjana Govil — last modified Jan 26, 2012 05:11 PM

While entrepreneurs, IP rights-holders and everyone else who has a stake continue to voice their opinions on the appropriate shape that the Indian IP regime ought to take, they tend to narrow their discussions to the language of substantive IP laws. However, there are regulations that cannot be found in the Patent Act, Copyright Act or Trademarks Act which nevertheless have an impact on how much one is paying for intellectual property. Paying attention to these external factors might just provide a simple solution to your IP woes.

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Comments to the Ministry on WIPO Broadcast Treaty (March 2011)

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:29 AM

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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Pirates, Plagiarisers, Publishers

by Prashant Iyengar — last modified May 29, 2014 05:55 AM

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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