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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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Thomas Abraham's Rebuttal on Parallel Importation

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:47 AM

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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Indian Law and "Parallel Exports"

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:47 AM

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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Why Parallel Importation of Books Should Be Allowed

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Feb 01, 2019 05:41 PM

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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New Release of IPR Chapter of India-EU Free Trade Agreement

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Sep 22, 2011 12:34 PM

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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Problems Remain with Standing Committee's Report on Copyright Amendments

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Sep 06, 2011 07:50 AM

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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Statement of CIS on the Work of the Committee in the 21st SCCR

by Nirmita Narasimhan — last modified May 29, 2014 06:57 AM

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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We’ve All Got Some Baggage

by Lawrence Liang — last modified May 29, 2014 07:22 AM

America’s newest trade agreement is not going to kill only iPods. The article appeared in the Tehelka Magazine Vol 7, Issue 45, Dated November 13, 2010

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