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30 April 2019   |   Edition:303
L-R: Pranav Mukul, Thomas Meyer, Thomas Abraham, Dahlia Sen, Nitasha Devasar, 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. 
Johanna Borchardt, Cultural Counsellor, German Embassy welcomed all the speakers and the audience and highlighted the Indo-German engagement on issues of copyright.
N.K Mehra, Chairman, Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation- IRRO talked about the pressing issues of copyright and gave a brief about the ideology behind IRRO, the tariffs, distribution of funds and the importance of its work. He also elaborated the challenges pertaining to reprographic licensing due to the precedence set by Delhi University case and how IRRO has altered its strategy to counter that. 
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 that are relevant in the Indian context and also about the lack of information in the author or reader community about fair use.
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 shared 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. Nitasha Devasar led the discussion with the co-panelists from publishing, copyright, law and media.
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 gave examples of the counterfeit copies of Hachette India – Harry Potter books ordered online which raised concerns about online piracy fuelled by pirates being active on marketplaces like Amazon, Paytm. 
Thomas Abraham, CEO, Hachette India raised 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 pressing issues of Copyright, Publishing and Fair Use. 


A booklet on the subject of “Publishing Ethics” compiled by Dr. Sushmita Das of Taylor and Francis India was released by all the partners and panellist to mark the World Book and Copyright Day as the beginning of many future initiatives to cover the gaps in information about the subject.
Check out the copy of issue here.

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