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Blog Entry WIPO Treaty for the Visually Impaired — Moving from a Treaty on Paper to a Treaty that is Workable on the Ground
by Rahul Cherian published Sep 28, 2012 — filed under: , ,
After many years of hard lobbying by the World Blind Union, it appears that the WIPO Treaty on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired persons/persons with print disabilities (TVI) could become a reality next year. However, due to pressure from the European Union and the United States, and their insistence on several untenable provisions, there is a real risk that the TVI could become unworkable on the ground.
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Blog Entry Wikipedia Workshop in British Library, Chandigarh
by Subhashish Panigrahi published Sep 27, 2012 last modified Oct 04, 2012 12:08 PM — filed under: , ,
A Wikipedia workshop was organized in Chandigarh by the British Library over two days on August 24 and 25, 2012. Bipin Kumar, Head of British Library and Christina, Deputy Manager had pivotal roles in designing this workshop with support from Piyush, a wikipedian.
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Blog Entry The First Punjabi Wikipedia Workshop
by Shiju Alex and Subhashish Panigrahi published Sep 27, 2012 last modified Oct 04, 2012 12:16 PM — filed under: , ,
For those who might not be aware, Punjabi Wikipedia is one of the first Indic Wikipedias where community started editing way back in 2002. However, after the initial few edits all activities got stopped and it was inactive over the last decade. Recently we conducted a few workshops that led to the revival of Punjabi Wikipedia. This post is about the first Punjabi Wikipedia workshop held in Ludhiana, Punjab on July 28, 2012.
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Blog Entry Indic Language Wikipedias – Statistical Report: January – June 2012
by Shiju Alex published Sep 25, 2012 last modified Sep 28, 2012 03:41 PM — filed under: , ,
The following is a compilation of the statistical update of the Indic language Wikipedias from January to June 2012. The author provides perspectives on the health of various Indic language communities as well as the state of various Indic language Wikipedias during the period.
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Blog Entry Pervasive Technologies: Access to Knowledge in the Marketplace — CIS’s Upcoming A2K Research Initiative
by Jadine Lannon published Sep 25, 2012 last modified Oct 30, 2012 06:23 AM — filed under: ,
Pervasive technologies have flooded the Indian market and are changing the ways in which the average Indian accesses knowledge but very little is understood about these technologies, particularly when it comes to their legality. The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) plans to begin a research project that aims to understand how pervasive technologies interact with Intellectual Property laws and what can be done to protect these technologies from being labelled “illegal” and eradicated from the Asian market.
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Entertainment industry and Internet piracy in focus
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 17, 2012 — filed under: , ,
The first-of-its-kind initiative by the anti-piracy cell of the Kerala Police to register cases against 1,010 Internet users for uploading or downloading the Malayalam film Bachelor Party has sparked a debate between social media experts and legal puritans on what the law actually says.
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August 2012 Bulletin
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 07, 2012 last modified Sep 11, 2012 02:53 PM — filed under: , , , , , ,
Welcome to the newsletter issue of August 2012 from the Centre for Internet & Society (CIS). The present issue features an analysis of the latest list of sites blocked by the Indian government from August 18, 2012 to August 21, 2012, the India Report for Consumers International IP Watchlist 2012, and press coverage related to the recent North East exodus.
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Blog Entry Consumers International IP Watchlist 2012 — India Report
by Pranesh Prakash published Aug 16, 2012 — filed under: , ,
Pranesh Prakash prepared the India Report for Consumers International IP Watchlist 2012. The report was published on the A2K Network website.
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Blog Entry Ring Side View : Update on WIPO Negotiations on the Treaty for the Visually Impaired
by Rahul Cherian published Aug 13, 2012 last modified Aug 13, 2012 04:34 AM — filed under: , , ,
As a legal advisor of the World Blind Union and part of the World Blind Union delegation to the 24th meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) that concluded on July 25, 2012 I had a ring side seat to the negotiations that happened between Member States in relation to the Treaty.
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Copyright Law: More Than A Moral Obligation
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 13, 2012 — filed under: ,
It was a cozy and warm atmosphere in a bookstore in South Delhi — with plenty of cushions thrown on the floor — that I attended a delightful book launch for children. The book was displayed prominently, along with some fabulous original illustrations done by the author, from which the book illustrator had been “inspired”. I clicked some photographs with my smartphone. The publishers, based in another city, couldn't attend the event. So, I thought why not mail it to them, they are fraternity. Soon, a newsletter popped into my mailbox from the same publisher, with a lovely write-up of the book launch accompanied by my photographs, but with no acknowledgement given to me. I was disappointed.
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