[AI] BJP, Left threaten to block Copyright Bill

jignesh thakur jigneshthakur21 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 23 13:34:48 EDT 2010

Nice move from our politicians. At least now we can hope. We must
support them in this movement.

On 4/23/10, rahul cherian <rahul.cherian at inclusiveplanet.com> wrote:
>> The Mint, Delhi, April, 23, 2010
> Economy and Politics Page
>  Manish Ranjan and Santosh K. Joy
> New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Left parties on Thursday
> threatened to block an amendment to the Copyright Bill in Parliament if the
> government does not make changes to safeguard the interests of the visually
> impaired.
> “The discriminatory provisions of the Bill must go,” said Communist Party of
> India-Marxist (CPM) leader Brinda Karat.
> Arun Jaitley, BJP member and leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha,
> said his party was against the amendment in its current form.
> The proposed amendment makes an exception in the law to allow the conversion
> of printed material in special formats like Braille and without any royalty
> or licence fees.
> But many visually handicapped people have already moved on to electronic and
> audio formats such as screen-reading software and digital talking books.
> The proposed Bill makes no exception for electronic formats and treats any
> digital conversion without permission as a copyright violation punishable
> under law.
> Rahul Cherian, a copyright lawyer working with Inclusive Planet, a
> non-profit body, said the proposed amendment would deprive more than 70
> million Indians with disabilities from exercising their right to education.
> Shamnad Basheer, professor in intellectual property law at National
> University of Juridical Sciences, said it was ironical that education
> minister Kapil Sibal formed a sub-committee to sort out copyright issues
> between Hindi film-makers and writers and lyricists, but took no initiative
> to address the concerns of the visually impaired.
> *manish.r at livemint.com*
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