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Blog Entry Piracy Studies in India
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 22, 2010 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:35 AM — filed under: ,
The word ‘piracy’ assumes negative connotations. In the imagination of an ordinary middle class urban Indian it is linked directly to the informal economy, crime and even terrorism. But the ‘pirated good’, that is, the ‘optical disc’ is not seen with a similar perception. The ‘CD’ is the access key to the cultural wealth of music, cinema and software contained inside. This paradox is created in the sphere of information and knowledge that is created by anti-piracy agencies using extensive reports and statistics that are published every year. These statistics often have a tendency to create a feeling of ‘shock and awe’ for the readers that see these numbers splashed across headlines of news and media reports. Till 2004, the creation of numbers conjuring losses up to millions was mostly the domain of the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), which is now supplemented by reports commissioned to consultancy groups like McKinsey, PWC, and Ernst & Young. This article by Siddharth Chadha traces a few reports that have come to become popular benchmarks of piracy in the past few years.
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Blog Entry Enforcement of Anti-piracy Laws by the Indian Entertainment Industry
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 22, 2010 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:35 AM — filed under: , ,
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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Blog Entry The 2010 Special 301 Report Is More of the Same, Slightly Less Shrill
by Pranesh Prakash published May 13, 2010 last modified Oct 03, 2011 05:37 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
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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Blog Entry The 'Dark Fibre' Files: Interview with Jamie King and Peter Mann
by Siddharth Chadha published Mar 27, 2009 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:41 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
Film-makers Jamie King (producer/director of the 'Steal This Film' series) and Peter Mann, in conversation with Siddharth Chadha, on 'Dark Fibre', their latest production, being filmed in Bangalore
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Blog Entry The 'Dark Fibre' Files: The Grey Market Deficit
by Sanchia de Souza published Apr 29, 2009 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:41 AM — filed under: , ,
In this, the third entry in his series discussing the making of 'Dark Fibre' by Jamie King and Peter Mann, Siddharth Chadha gives an overview of piracy in the pay TV industry.
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Blog Entry The 'Dark Fibre' Files: Cable TV Technology for Dummies
by Sanchia de Souza published May 11, 2009 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:41 AM — filed under: , ,
In the fourth entry documenting the making of 'Dark Fibre', a film by Jamie King and Peter Mann, Siddharth Chadha simplifies cable TV technology for the uninitiated.
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Blog Entry The Dark Fibre Files: 'Steal This Film' and the Pirate Bay Trial
by Sanchia de Souza published May 21, 2009 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:41 AM — filed under: , ,
In this posting, the fifth blog entry on the making of the film 'Dark Fibre' by Jamie King and Peter Mann, Siddharth Chadha discusses the Swedish trial of the Pirate Bay, which brought up some of the debates on intellectual property rights and piracy that were highlighted in 'Steal This Film'.
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Blog Entry Consumers International IP Watch List 2009
by Pranesh Prakash published Jun 05, 2009 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:42 AM — filed under: , , ,
In response to the US Special 301 report, Consumers International brought out an IP Watch List. CIS contributed the India Country Report for the Watch List.
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Blog Entry Emerging Bit Torrent Trends in India
by Siddharth Chadha published Jun 15, 2009 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:44 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
Internet has been a revelation ever since its introduction. The writer in this blog examines how the progress made by Internet based technologies could never be reversed.
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Blog Entry At the end of the niche optical pirate
by Siddharth Chadha published Oct 29, 2009 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:44 AM — filed under: , , , ,
In this blog post, Siddharth Chaddha goes enquiring into the modus operandi of a video pirate / film lover / businessman in Bangalore's famed National Market.
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