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30 April 2019   |   Edition:303
L-R: Nitasha Devasar, Pranav Mukul, Thomas Meyer, Thomas Abraham, Dahlia Sen, Pravin Anand, Dhruv Anand and Jagdish Swaroop

Copyright Dialogue: Organised by the German Book Office New Delhi curated by Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation- IRRO in cooperation with the German Embassy in New Delhi. 
The roundtable was scheduled for 23rd April 2019 from 1700-1900 hours at the Blue Hall in the German Embassy, 6/50 G Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri New Delhi. 
The dignitaries arrived at the Round table conference. The discussion over copyright, cyber piracy and the new EU Copyright Directive began. Johanna Borchardt, Cultural Counsellor, German Embassy welcomed all the speakers and panellist at the event.
N.K Mehra, Chairman, Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation- IRRO talked about the pressing issues of copyright, the new EU Copyright Directive and gave a brief about the ideology behind IRRO and the importance of it. Later he spoke about how IRRO is reviving the copyright protection movement in India.
Dr. Ramesh C. Gaur, Director, Library & Information in HAG Pay Scale, Head, Kalanidhi Division Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) spoke about the issues with the treatment of copyright.
Arul George Scaria, Ph.D. [Max Planck Research School Munich], Co-Director - Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC), National Law University, Delhi  said "Whom should the copyright law protect - the authors, publishers or consumers?" He started his debate with a provocative question as suggested by his topic "Copyright as a Provocateur". 
Sushmita Das, Managing Editor, Peer Review, Taylor & Francis Group India gave her insights on the Publishing Ethics and share her profound knowledge with the audience. She presented top 5 publishing integrity concerns: Image manipulation, Authorship and credits, Plagiarism and Reproducibility. Later, she quoted in a talk about copyright “It is a concerted effort which is required." Sushmita ended her speech by pointing out on the importance of ethics in the publishing industry.
“Publishing Ethics is everyone's business” said Natasha Devasar, Managing Director, Taylor & Francis Group India while she introduced the panellist for the evening. 
Pravin Anand, Managing Partner, Anand and Anand talked about the different cases involving copyright and the fact that nothing changes even after all the efforts.
What do we do about the physical books that are sold online which are pirated?" Dahlia Sen, Managing Partner, Sen-Oberoi, Attorneys-at-Law gave the panel a strong and profound voice. She highlighted counterfeit copies of Hachette India – Harry Potter books ordered online which raised concerns about online piracy fueled by marketplaces like Amazon, Paytm. 
Thomas Abraham, CEO, Hachette India raises the concern on piracy by adding "I think the time has come when we need a separate IPR cell. It's high time Cyber Crime gets a separate cell".
Thomas Meyer, Director Information Services, South Asia, Goethe-Institute New Delhi mentioned the rules and regulations that must be applied in the respective countries for the use of any form of content.
"It is necessary to find the balance between protecting the rights of authors and content creators." Pranav Mukul, Principal Correspondent, Indian Express talks about the misuse of internet.
Dhruv Anand, Partner – Litigation, Anand and Anand, Intellectual Property law firm gave an insight on the Copyright Case which was known as the DU Copyright Case in August, 2012.
The panellist had a discussion about the common and pressings issues of Copyright, Publishing and Fair Use. 


Towards the end of the event, the awareness booklet of Publishing Ethics as a continuation of the work started with Copyright was released by all the partners and panellist.
Check out the copy of issue here.

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