Sunday, April 25, 2010

India Leads the Way in Adapting Modern Intellectual Property Law to the Realities by Introducing a New Major Copyright Reform

India has gone on the offensive to bring intellectual property law into line with reality by introducing a new major copyright reform. See the .pdf of the reform bill.

Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing headlines that India's copyright bill gets it right, linking to Michael Geist and India Introduces Major Copyright Reform Bill.

The Command Line
"Michael Geist has the good news and a link to the actual bill. Cory at Boing Boing has pulled out the pertinent details".
As Doctorow writes:
"[The bill] declares private, personal copying to be “fair dealing” (like US fair use) and limits the prohibition on breaking DRM so that it’s only illegal to do so if you’re also violating copyright."
 As Geist writes:
"[T]he bill is consistent with implementing the WIPO Internet treaties in a manner that retains equal rights both online and offline."
See also Manish Ranjan and Santosh K. Joy at in Draft copyright Bill introduced, could transform film, music biz.

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