Centre for Internet & Society

Anubha Sinha, attending the 33rd Session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (“SCCR”) at Geneva from 14 November, 2016 to 19 November, 2016, made this statement on the GRULAC Proposal for Analysis of Copyright in the Digital Environment on behalf of CIS on Day 5, 18 November, 2016.


Thank you, Mr. Chair.

The Centre for Internet and Society is a non-profit organisation in India that undertakes research on internet and digital technologies from an academic and policy perspective.

In an environment of monopolies controlling the distribution of software and digital services, which connect users and developers, such a comprehensive study assumes significant importance.

Such a study/or a parallel study after the scoping exercise must encompass the methods in which such digital corporations are enforcing their own IP rules on creators worldwide, and if there are fair systems in place to address violations, and restoration of works unfairly taken down from their platforms. It must be noted that there is a serious lack of transparency as far as the conduct of such corporations go, and often actions are taken without appropriate justification/explanation. Back in India, I have met several creators who have suffered as a result of such unilateral actions. In this, regard it will be useful to know how creators in developing countries are impacted by rules enforced by platforms largely situated in developed countries, which can help us build a framework for the benefit of all, equally.

I welcome the proposal.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.


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