Dear all, I am well aware that there are other issues such as that of copyright over works by the government and public undertakings. We have raised this issue in our analysis as well as our formal submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
However, it is one thing to get something that is good (broad exception for government works / or even better: making government works public domain) which is not even on the table, and preventing an impending harm: decrease of the public domain in terms of Indian photographs. The first is a longer term goal than the second. Copyright term of photographs is going to increase if folks don't stand up against it. Regards, Pranesh : Analysis: http://goo.gl/Iv69r : Civil Society submission: http://goo.gl/9Ws3E / Analysis of Standing Committee's report: http://goo.gl/Fs5WM On Saturday 18 June 2011 06:40 PM, wheredevelsd...@hotmail.com wrote: > > Very contentious issue Pranesh. The issue is not only this - but also to > insure that any Indian government works be in public domain as well as that > of a Public Servant when on duty (like in the US - after all it is OUR > govenment and OUR money spent hiring that Public Servant!). > > > Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2011 18:04:07 +0200 > From: pran...@cis-india.org > To: email@example.com > CC: aprabh...@gmail.com; su...@cis-india.org > Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Massive increase in copyright term for photographs > > Dear all, > It seems clear that through a new amendment to the Copyright Act, the > term of copyright of photographs is going to be increased from 25 years > (which is the minimum required by international copyright law) to 60 > years *after the death of the photographer* (i.e., copyright term = life > of the photographer + 60 years). > > So say a photographer aged 25 clicks a photograph and dies at the age of > 75 (in 2061): > Under current law the copyright on that photo expires on January 1, 2037. > Under proposed law, copyright on that photo expires on January 1, 2122. > > The difference: 85 years! > > (I hope I've done the math correctly.) > > So only your great-grandchildren will be able to upload that photograph > to Wikipedia. > > As far as I can understand, there has been no positive lobbying on this > front by any photographers. No one has really asked for it. > > We, from the Centre for Internet and Society submitted a 'civil society > submission' (with the backing of 22 organizations) which criticised this > to the Standing Committee that was examining the amendment. But the > chairman of that committee did not take notice. In effect, the Standing > Committee heard only rightsholders (and groups, including ours, working > on the exception for persons with disabilities). > > Are people on this list concerned about this? If yes, then we all need > to try to get this particular amendment targetted and struck off when > the amendment gets presented before Parliament in the Monsoon session. > > Regards, > Pranesh > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l -- Pranesh Prakash Programme Manager Centre for Internet and Society W: http://cis-india.org | T: +91 80 40926283
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