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Blog Entry Modi’s New Intellectual Property Rights Policy Will Only Benefit Players with Deep Pockets
by Anubha Sinha published May 28, 2016 — filed under: ,
The new policy fails to enact a balanced regime and instead is tilted in favour of rights-holders.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry NGOs circulate letter at WIPO SCCR/36 raising serious concerns about draft Broadcasting Treaty
by Anubha Sinha published May 29, 2018 — filed under: ,
At the 36th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), negotiations on the Broadcasting Treaty continue - this time with a sense of urgency to present results of the 20 year negotiations to the UN General Assembly, scheduled in September this year. There remain long-pending issues within the Treaty, which have largely been ignored or weakly acknowledged by the Committee. In view of the threats that this Treaty poses to Access to Knowledge and the mission of educators, archivists, researchers, libraries and creators, NGOs at WIPO (including CIS) have circulated the letter below.
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Blog Entry Pervasive Technologies Project Working Document Series: Literature Review on IPR in Mobile app development
by Anubha Sinha published Apr 29, 2015 last modified Aug 31, 2015 01:48 PM — filed under: , ,
This post is literature survey of material exploring and analysing the role of Application Platforms in the Mobile Applications Development ecosystem, albeit from an intellectual property perspective. The document is a work in progress.
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Blog Entry Public Consultation for the First Draft of 'Government Open Data Use License - India' Announced
by Anubha Sinha published Jun 30, 2016 last modified Jun 30, 2016 09:41 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
The first public draft of the open data license to be used by Government of India was released by the Department of Legal Affairs earlier this week. Comments are invited from general public and stakeholders. These are to be submitted via the MyGov portal by July 25, 2016. CIS was a member of the committee constituted to develop the license concerned, and we contributed substantially to the drafting process.
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Blog Entry Research Publishing: Is ‘One Nation, One Subscription’ Pragmatic Reform for India?
by Anubha Sinha published Dec 31, 2020 last modified Apr 28, 2021 05:09 PM — filed under: ,
Anubha Sinha examines the feasibility of the proposed 'One Nation, One Subscription' approach in the draft national Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (2020) on access to scientific literature. This article was first published in The Wire Science on October 23, 2020.
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Blog Entry Second Draft of Open Access Policy of the Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science released
by Anubha Sinha published Oct 19, 2014 last modified Oct 30, 2014 12:33 AM — filed under: ,
The Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Science, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India drafted an Open Access Policy (“Policy”) in consultation with several open access experts, government officials and CIS. The second draft of the Policy released last week and is open for comments till 17th November, 2014.
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Seminar on Rethinking Copyright and Licensing for Digital Publishing Today (Delhi, January 23)
by Anubha Sinha published Jan 20, 2017 last modified Jan 21, 2017 02:51 PM — filed under: , , , ,
Against the backdrop of a growing global and domestic digital publishing industry on one hand and the recent judgment by the Delhi High Court that upheld the education exception to reproduction of academic and literary works, Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi, and the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) are organising a seminar to discuss and reflect on the relevance and functions of copyright and licensing within the transforming market practices and legal structures of the publishing industry today.
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Blog Entry Shape of IPRs and Agriculture post the WTO Nairobi Ministerial
by Anubha Sinha published May 03, 2016 last modified May 05, 2016 07:11 AM — filed under: , , ,
CIS is running a series of meetups focused on intellectual property to bring folks interested in IP law to discuss developments in access to knowledge, climate change, health, trade, etc. At the first meet-up in February, Prof. Biswajit Dhar delivered a short talk on intellectual property rights and agriculture in a post-Nairobi Ministerial world. This post is a summary of his talk.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry Should India adopt Plan S to realise Open Access to Public-funded Scientific Research?
by Anubha Sinha published May 29, 2019 last modified Jun 05, 2019 01:19 PM — filed under: ,
Timely and affordable access to scientific research remains a problem in this digital day and age. Around three decades ago, the radical response that emerged was making public-funded scientific research “open access”, i.e. publishing it on the Web without any legal, technical or financial barriers to access and use such research. Several Indian public research institutions also adopted open access mandates and built self-archiving digital tools, however, the efforts haven’t yielded much. Most countries including India, continue to struggle with implementing open access. The latest international initiative (created in Europe) to remedy this problem is Plan S. Plan S is has been positioned as a strategy to implement immediate open access to scientific publications from 2021 – which India is considering adopting. This article unpacks the disorderly growth of open access in India, and discusses the gap between the Plan's vision and current Indian scenario in some respects.
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Blog Entry Standing Committee's recommendations are at odds with Access to Knowledge
by Anubha Sinha published Jul 27, 2021 last modified Jul 28, 2021 09:31 AM — filed under: , , ,
The Indian Parliamentary Committee's report weighs on several aspects of the Indian IPR system and issues of protection and enforcement. This blog post summarily notes the observations and recommendations of the Committee on the Copyright Act, 1957 which stand to impact access to knowledge. The primary issue dealt with was the claim that copyright exceptions were affecting the publishing industry and authors. The recommendations include narrowing of copyright exceptions, barring digital storage and copying, promotion of libraries, and adopting the Berne Convention as the benchmark on limitations and exceptions.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs