Centre for Internet & Society

CIS Hosts Scanned Version of George Orwell’s Books vs. Cigarettes

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Dec 01, 2011 12:25 PM |

Verbindingen/Jonctions (V/J), the bi-annual multidisciplinary festival organised by Constant is taking place on December 1, 2011. Amateur scanning of books often raises a lot of questions, around the issue of copyright. For this V/J13 is scanning George Orwell’s Books vs. Cigarettes. The essay is in public domain in Russia, India and South Africa, but not in Europe and America due to copyright issues. CIS is hosting the scanned pages of the essay in public domain.

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Comment by CIS at ACE on Presentation on French Charter on the Fight against Cyber-Counterfeiting

The seventh session of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Advisory Committee on Enforcement is being held in Geneva on November 30 and December 1, 2011. Pranesh Prakash responded to a presentation by Prof. Pierre Sirinelli of the École de droit de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 on 'The French Charter on the Fight against Cyber-Counterfeiting of December 16, 2009' with this comment.

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Statement of CIS on the WIPO Broadcast Treaty at the 23rd SCCR

The twenty-third session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is being held in Geneva from November 22, 2011 to December 2, 2011. Pranesh Prakash delivered this statement on a new proposal made by South Africa and Mexico (SCCR/23/6) on a treaty for broadcasters.

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Of Jesters, Clowns and Pranksters: YouTube and the Condition of Collaborative Authorship

Posted by Nishant Shah at Nov 03, 2011 09:55 AM |

The idea of a single author creating cinematic objects in a well-controlled scheme of support system and production/distribution infrastructure has been fundamentally challenged by the emergence of digital video sharing sites like YouTube, writes Nishant Shah in this peer reviewed essay published in the Journal of Moving Images, Number 8, December 2009.

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CIS Comments on the Draft National Policy on Electronics

These were the comments submitted by CIS to the request for comments put out by the Department of Information Technology on its draft 'National Policy on Electronics'.

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CIS-TWN Analysis of WIPO Treaty for the Print Disabled (SCCR/22/15)

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Oct 04, 2011 09:35 AM |

CIS and the Third World Network (TWN) conducted a quick analysis of the "Consensus document on an international instrument on limitations and exceptions for persons with print disabilities presented by Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, and the United States of America" presented as WIPO document numbered SCCR/22/15.

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Calling Out the BSA on Its BS

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Sep 09, 2011 07:50 AM |

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is trying to pull wool over government officials' eyes by equating software piracy with tax losses. Pranesh Prakash points out how that argument lacks cogency, and that tax losses would be better averted if BSA's constituent companies just decided to pay full taxes in India.

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Photocopying the past

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Sep 02, 2011 01:25 PM |

There is no single correct position when it comes to intellectual property or IP. In fact, there are at least five correct positions that you could possibly adopt based on who you are — a pro-creator position, a pro-entrepreneur position, a pro-government position, a pro-consumer position and a public interest position.

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Copyright Amendment Bill in Parliament

Posted by Nirmita Narasimhan at Aug 30, 2011 09:26 AM |

The Copyright Amendment Bill is expected to be presented in the Rajya Sabha by the Minister for Human Resource and Development, Kapil Sibal today afternoon. The much awaited Bill (since it has been in the offing since 2006) has undergone significant changes since its initial appearance.

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Govt for Legalising Parallel Import of Copyright Works; Publishers Oppose

Posted by Shamnad Basheer at Aug 30, 2011 04:55 AM |

Section 2(m) legalises the parallel imports of books and other copyrighted material into India and was part of the initial Copyright Amendment Bill introduced in the Parliament of India in 2010.

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Don't Shoot the Messenger: Speech on Intermediary Liability at 22nd SCCR of WIPO

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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Statement of CIS, India, on the WIPO Broadcast Treaty at the 22nd SCCR

The twenty-second session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is being held in Geneva from June 15 to June 24, 2011. Nirmita Narasimhan and Pranesh Prakash are attending the conference. CIS delivered its statement, on the Broadcast Treaty, and made it available in print form as well.

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Putting a Lid on Royalty Outflows — How the RBI can Help Reduce India's IP Costs

Posted by Sanjana Govil at Jun 17, 2011 10:05 AM |

While entrepreneurs, IP rights-holders and everyone else who has a stake continue to voice their opinions on the appropriate shape that the Indian IP regime ought to take, they tend to narrow their discussions to the language of substantive IP laws. However, there are regulations that cannot be found in the Patent Act, Copyright Act or Trademarks Act which nevertheless have an impact on how much one is paying for intellectual property. Paying attention to these external factors might just provide a simple solution to your IP woes.

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Consumers International IP Watchlist 2011 — India Report

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at May 17, 2011 09:10 AM |
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Pranesh Prakash prepared the India Report for the Consumers International IP Watchlist 2011. The report was published on the A2K Network website.

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Comments to the Ministry on WIPO Broadcast Treaty (March 2011)

As a follow up to a stakeholder meeting called by the MHRD on the WIPO Broadcast Treaty, CIS provided written comments on the April 2007 Non-Paper of the WIPO Broadcast Treaty, emphasising the need for a signal-based approach to be taken on the Broadcast Treaty, and making it clear that India should continue to oppose the creation of new rights for webcasters.

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Pirates, Plagiarisers, Publishers

Posted by Prashant Iyengar at Mar 09, 2011 03:00 PM |

This article attempts to rescue not by denying the charges of plagiarism, but by charting an alternative trajectory of plagiarism so that each successive instance does not amplify our sense of embarrassment and crisis in the academy. The article by Prashant Iyengar was published in the Economic & Political Weekly, February 26, 2011, Vol XLVI No 9.

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Exhaustion: Imports, Exports and the Doctrine of First Sale in Indian Copyright Law

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Feb 25, 2011 02:05 PM |

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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Thomas Abraham's Rebuttal on Parallel Importation

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Feb 10, 2011 08:55 PM |

We engaged in an e-mail conversation with Thomas Abraham, the managing director of Hachette India, on the issue of parallel importation of books into India. We thought it would be in the public interest to publish a substantive part of that conversation. In this post he points at great length how our arguments are faulty. While we still believe that he doesn't succeed, we hope this will clarify matters a bit.

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Indian Law and "Parallel Exports"

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Feb 01, 2011 05:05 AM |

Recently, a lawyer for the publishing industry made the claim that allowing for parallel importation would legally allow for the exports of low-priced edition. Here we present a legal rebuttal of that claim.

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Why Parallel Importation of Books Should Be Allowed

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Jan 25, 2011 02:20 PM |

There has been much controversy lately with some publishers trying to stop the government from amending s.2(m) of the Indian Copyright Act, clarifying that a parallel import will not be seen as an "infringing copy". This blog post argues that the government should, keeping in mind the larger picture, still go ahead and legalise parallel imports.

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