SpicyIP Tidbits: The text and video of the Rajya Sabha debates on the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010

The text of the Rajya Sabha debates discussing the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010 are now available on the website of the Rajya Sabha. These debates, which went on for almost three hours, can be accessed over here, here and here.
Apart from the text of the debate available on the website of the Rajya Sabha, you can also see the recorded broadcast of Javed Akhtar’s and Kapil Sibal’s speech on Youtube over here and here. I would definitely recommend a viewing of Akhtar’s passionate, charismatic speech which captivated MPs across party lines. Not bad for his maiden speech in Parliament, right? Youtube also has the ‘post-debate’ analysis on Rajya Sabha TV by Neel Mason, a leading IP lawyer and Mr. Jagdish Sagar a former bureaucrat and author of the 1994 amendments, now a practising lawyer. That video can be accessed over here.
In light of the recent debate on the efficacy of ‘nominated members’ in the Rajya Sabha, I think Akhtar’s effective lobbying for the Bill is a prime example of the wisdom and intent of having nominated eminent artists, sportsmen, jurists and scientists as members of the Rajya Sabha.
Prashant Reddy

Prashant Reddy

T. Prashant Reddy graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, with a B.A.LLB (Hons.) degree in 2008. He later graduated with a LLM degree (Law, Science & Technology) from the Stanford Law School in 2013. Prashant has worked with law firms in Delhi and in academia in India and Singapore. He is also co-author of the book Create, Copy, Disrupt: India's Intellectual Property Dilemmas (OUP).

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