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Does India need its own Bayh-Dole?
by Sanchia de Souza published Apr 28, 2009 last modified Apr 02, 2011 03:58 PM — filed under:
Article by Pranesh Prakash, Programme Manager at Centre for Internet and Society in the Indian Express, 24 April 2009
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Blog Entry Don't Shoot the Messenger: Speech on Intermediary Liability at 22nd SCCR of WIPO
by Pranesh Prakash published Jul 08, 2011 last modified Jun 01, 2012 03:01 PM — filed under: , , ,
This is a speech made by Pranesh Prakash at an side-event co-organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Internet Society on intermediary liability, to coincide with the release of Prof. Lillian Edwards's WIPO-commissioned report on 'Role and Responsibility of the Internet Intermediaries in the Field of Copyright'.
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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 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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EU stalls treaty talks to allow copyright waiver for print disabilities
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 25, 2012 last modified Jul 25, 2012 09:37 AM — filed under: , ,
India and other developing countries support such a legally binding treaty, writes Priscilla Jebaraj in an article published in the Hindu on July 25, 2012. Pranesh Prakash is quoted.
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Blog Entry Exceptions and Limitations in Indian Copyright Law for Education: An Assessment
by Lawrence Liang published May 13, 2010 last modified Oct 20, 2011 02:08 PM — filed under: ,
This paper examines the nature of exceptions and limitations in copyright law for the purposes of the use of copyrighted materials for education. It looks at the existing national and international regime, and argues for why there is a need for greater exceptions and limitations to address the needs of developing countries. The paper contextualizes the debate by looking at the high costs of learning materials and the impediment caused to e-learning and distance education by strong copyright regimes.
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File Exhaustion PDF
by Prasad Krishna last modified Oct 03, 2011 05:16 AM — filed under: ,
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Blog Entry Exhaustion: Imports, Exports and the Doctrine of First Sale in Indian Copyright Law
by Pranesh Prakash published Feb 25, 2011 last modified May 29, 2014 06:18 AM — filed under:
This article by Pranesh Prakash was published in the Manupatra Intellectual Property Reports, February 2011, Volume 1, Part 2, pp. 149-160. In this short note, the author argues that Indian courts have fundamentally misunderstood the doctrine of first sale, and consequently have wrongly held that parallel importation is disallowed by Indian law. He further looks at the ingenuity displayed by a court in prohibiting export of low-priced editions from India, and comes to the conclusion that this is also wrong in law. He believes there is a way out of this quagmire that we find ourselves in due to judicial inventions: that of accepting a proposed amendment to the Copyright Act.
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Blog Entry Expert Meeting on Freedom of Expression and Intellectual Property Rights
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 16, 2012 last modified Mar 16, 2012 07:41 AM — filed under: , ,
This report provides an overview of the discussion from the Expert Meeting on Freedom of Expression and Intellectual Property Rights, organized by ARTICLE 19 in London on November 18, 2011.
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Blog Entry Fallacies, Lies, and Video Pirates
by Pranesh Prakash published Aug 24, 2009 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:43 AM — filed under: ,
At a recent conference on counterfeiting and piracy, industry representatives variously pushed for stiffer laws for IP violation, more stringent enforcement of existing IP laws, and championed IP as the most important thing for businesses today. This blog post tries to show how their arguments are flawed.
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