The Copyright Amendments, 2012: A fair Balance?
November 27th- 28th 2012
‘The Copyright Amendments, 2012: A fair Balance?’ was jointly hosted by the MHRD IP Chairs at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) and the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) at the NUJS campus in Kolkata (Salt Lake) on November 27 and 28, 2012. The conference was supported by the NUJS law review and the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Society (IPTLS).
The aim of this conference was to elicit various articles on the amendments and produce a special issue of the NUJS law review (on the amendments) and a book as well. One hopes that these articles will serve as good fodder for the interpretative battles that ensue in court in the aftermath of these amendments.
For a list of speakers, see: http://spicyip.com/docs/Conference/NUJS-CUSAT-Conference-2012.pdf
Here's a glimpse of what the conference had on offer:
The keynote address and history of the amendments was delivered by the Registrar of Copyrights, Mr. G. R. Raghavender.
Session I on ‘Copyrights & Entertainment Sector’ : a discussion on provisions affecting Bollywood and the entertainment industry from eminent voices in music industry and legal practice.
Session II on ‘Copyrights & Technology’: brainstorming the worrisome tech-related provisions of the Copyright Act.
Session III on ‘Copyright Limitations & Exceptions’ comprising strong voices from the civil society organizations and legal academia who evaluated the laudable exceptions to copyrights in the amendments and will also take stock of missed opportunities.
Session IV on ‘Copyright Enforcement, Adjudication and Governance Issues’ will address the constitutional challenges to the Copyright Board and transparency concerns in collecting societies.