The Copyright Amendment Bill 2010

Hi all,
This is going to be a short post about the copyright amendment bill 2010.

Well, it seems that Copyright Amendment Bill 2010 will be finally tabled today or tomorrow. I am sad because from whatever little I have read within the document itself and whatever opinions I have read about the bill itself, it seems to be shading/leaning towards TRIPS+ Agreement which is a United States law and has some real consequences for all of us whether we like it or not 😦

The only solace I can find on it this time around is that there have been attempts at making alternative and informed debates around the Copyright Amendment Bill this time around rather than as before. What has also been heartening is these voices (alone as they are/were) have also been in mainstream press whether they have been in Indian Express ,the Hindu , The Economic times or few of the sections being discussed elsewhere as well. The other solace is that the law would continue to be interpreted, argued and re-interpreted in the court of law for years to come although the boundaries would be more than today 😦

As a user of technical systems it has been heartening to see some people trying to use free software for making the process of jurisprudence available to the larger collective. Two projects which do come to mind is the OpenCongress attempt/effort ongoing in United States, the UK fork/effort and the Open-Knesset and it derivatives . I do hope and wish that in future there be an Indian project which I could add to that name.

It might be a wishful thinking but it would be nice if people could frame their law, using their words on github which would democratize the process of law-making further. It might also bring the various technologists and technical people who might be inclined to take it up if the right tools and environment is known/provided.

So for the first time in my 30+ years on this planet Earth, I wish for the first time the Parliament does not function, and if it has to function, hope there really is a vociferous debate on the merits and de-merits on the new Amendment.

Till later.

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