Copyright Bill Introduced in Rajya Sabha Today

The Copyright Amendment Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha today. For those of you who wish to track the latest Indian bills, please refer to the excellent PRS website and twitter feed.

We’d blogged earlier on some of the problems with this Bill, most notably a flawed “disability” related exception, with various disability groups registering their strong protest recently. They even sent a letter to the Minister for HRD, Kapil Sibal requesting the formation of a sub committee to look into their issues, in the same way that a sub committee had been constituted to resolve the Lyricist/Music Composer vs Bollywood producer squabble which found Javed Akthar and Aamir Khan at loggerheads.

The bill is now expected to be referred to a Parliamentary standing committee chaired by Oscar Fernandez. One hopes that the standing committee is open and transparent and invites inputs from a wide variety of stakeholders.

Shamnad Basheer

Shamnad Basheer

Prof (Dr) Shamnad Basheer founded SpicyIP in 2005. He is currently the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and a visiting professor of law at the National Law School (NLS), Bangalore. He is also the Founder of IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to the leading law schools. He served for two years as an expert on the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2015 for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. The jury was headed by Nobel laureate, Prof Amartya Sen. Professional History: After graduating from the NLS, Bangalore Professor Basheer joinedAnand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He went on to head their telecommunication and technology practice and was rated by the IFLR as a leading technology lawyer. He left for the University of Oxford to pursue post-graduate studies, completing the BCL, MPhil and DPhil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His first academic appointment was at the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of IP Law. He then relocated to India in 2008 to take up the MHRD Chaired Professorship in IP Law at WB NUJS, a leading Indian law school. Prof Basheer has published widely and his articles have won awards, including those instituted by ATRIP and the Stanford Technology Law Review. He is consulted widely by the government, industry, international organisations and civil society on a variety of IP issues. He also serves on several government committees.

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