SpicyIP Tidbit: Prolific Kannada writer Niranjana’s works released on Wikisource under a free license

Photograph_of_Kannada_author_NiranjanaNiranjana, the pseudonym of Kulkund Shivarao, is a prolific Kannada writer who has penned more than sixty books in the course of his career spanning nearly five decades.  In an initiative to promote the rich heritage of Kannada literature, the Kannada Wikimedia community in collaboration with the Centre for Internet and Society-Access to Knowledge programme (CIS-A2K) are re-licensing 55 of Niranjana’s works under a Creative Commons license. These works will be digitized and be made freely available on Kannada Wikisource, thereby enabling open and free access for the works. This is also the single largest and most comprehensive individual collection of a writer to be released under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-SA 4.0 ) in any Indian language till date.This process was greatly assisted by the initiative taken by Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana, the daughter of Niranjana, to ensure that his workers are easily accessible to Kannada speakers around the world. Kannada Wikimedia hopes that this will be the first step towards many more authors making their works available on Kannada Wikisource


L. Gopika Murthy

Gopika is a fourth year student at National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She was formerly the Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology. Her first exposure to Intellectual property law and SpicyIP was through the University Moot Rounds at NLSIU, Bangalore in her first year. She has been regularly following the developments in the field of IPR since then and she hopes to contribute to the reporting of such developments. Her areas of interest in IP include copyrights, open access, fair dealing and trademarks.

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