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A Guide to Key IPR Provisions of the Proposed India-European Union Free Trade Agreement

by Glover Wright — last modified Aug 30, 2011 01:06 PM

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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The 2010 Special 301 Report Is More of the Same, Slightly Less Shrill

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Oct 03, 2011 05:37 AM

Pranesh Prakash examines the numerous flaws in the Special 301 from the Indian perspective, to come to the conclusion that the Indian government should openly refuse to acknowledge such a flawed report. He notes that the Consumers International survey, to which CIS contributed the India report, serves as an effective counter to the Special 301 report.

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Technological Protection Measures in the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified May 17, 2012 04:51 PM

In this post Pranesh Prakash conducts a legal exegesis of section 65A of the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010, which deals with the stuff that enables 'Digital Rights/Restrictions Management', i.e., Technological Protection Measures. He notes that while the provision avoids some mistakes of the American law, it still poses grave problems to consumers, and that there are many uncertainties in it still.

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Arguments Against Software Patents in India

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Mar 13, 2012 10:43 AM

CIS believes that software patents are harmful for the software industry and for consumers. In this post, Pranesh Prakash looks at the philosophical, legal and practical reasons for holding such a position in India. This is a slightly modified version of a presentation made by Pranesh Prakash at the iTechLaw conference in Bangalore on February 5, 2010, as part of a panel discussing software patents in India, the United States, and the European Union.

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Enforcement of Anti-piracy Laws by the Indian Entertainment Industry

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:35 AM

This brief note by Siddharth Chadha seeks to map out the key actors in enforcement of copyright laws. These bodies not only investigate cases of infringement and piracy relating to the entertainment industry, but tie up with the police and IP law firms to pursue actions against the offenders through raids (many of them illegal) and court cases. Siddharth notes that the discourse on informal networks and circuits of distribution of cultural goods remains hijacked with efforts to contain piracy as the only rhetoric which safeguards the business interests of big, mostly multinational, media corporations.

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World IT Forum 2009

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:44 AM

At the World IT Forum, Pranesh Prakash made a brief presentation on intellectual property rights, how ill-suited they are to be considered "property" rights, and how they have been foisted upon the developing world.

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Civil Society Letter Against TRIPS-Plus IP Enforcement

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Sep 22, 2011 12:48 PM

This open letter was sent to the president of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and high-level government officials on the eve of the Third International Conference on Counterfeiting & Piracy organized by CII. This conference aims to strengthen the enforcement of intellectual property rights and thus creating an imbalance in the protection that intellectual property offers to both those who own it as well as those who don't.

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Lecture by Eben Moglen and Mishi Choudhary

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 23, 2011 02:55 AM

The Software Freedom Law Center, National Law School, and the Centre for Internet and Society organised a lecture by Mishi Choudhary and Eben Moglen for students of NLS on Saturday, December 13, 2008.

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