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Action plan to ease disease burden of developing world

By Arti Malik

Despite the staggeringly disproportionate impact of disease on the developing world, pharmaceuticals develop drugs that have a potentially profitable market rather than drugs that are urgently required in poorer countries. Will this change with the World Health Assembly’s recent adoption of a global strategy to fill gaps in existing R&D and work towards drugs needed for diseases that affect developing countries?

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Intellectual Property Rights are a privilege, not a human right

By Dr B Ekbal

Intellectual Property Rights should be subsumed to human rights, national interests and the preservation of genetic resources

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Are intellectual property rights fundamental human rights?

By Prabhash Ranjan

What are the implications of construing IPR as fundamental human rights?

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'Anything that is worth copying is worth sharing': Prof Eben Moglen

By V Sasi Kumar

Eben Moglen, principal proponent of the free software movement, believes that there is an inherent relationship between free software and free culture. Each is interdependent and enables the other

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Copyright: Keeping a balance between public and private interest

By Achal Prabhala

The copyright system is meant to promote access to knowledge in the public domain, not to restrict it. The proposed amendments to the Indian Copyright Act 1957, however, may land us with an ever-growing list of restrictions

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Reconsidering the pirate nation: Notes from South Africa and India

By Lawrence Liang and Achal Prabhala

Trade losses to software manufacturers due to piracy are as high as $125 billion. We need to interrogate why piracy of software, books, music etc exists as a market phenomenon. Could it be an organic market reaction to the exclusion of consumers by copyright industries?

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Property and rights: Owning ideas, fish and forests

By Manoj Nadkarni

All debates about property - whether it's water, medicines or a piece of music - revolve around two fundamental questions: who should have the rights to own and benefit from the property; and what should those rights consist of?

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The advent of patent raj

By Ammu Joseph

The third amendment to the Indian Patents Act, if passed in its present form, is likely to adversely affect the availability, accessibility and affordability of medicines - three important components of people's right to health. The public campaign against the proposed legislation is heating up

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Shoot, share and create: Looking beyond copyright makes sense in film

By Lawrence Liang

Why documentary and alternative filmmakers in India should start licensing their works under an 'open content' license

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The Patents (Amendment) Ordinance, 2004

The full text of the ordinance promulgated by the Indian government on December 26, 2004

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Objections to the Patent Amendment Ordinance

The Patent Amendment Ordinance passed by the Indian government on December 26, 2004, seriously compromises people's ability to access affordable medicines, states the Affordable Medicines and Treatment Campaign

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TRIPS: A tale of the shrinking ocean called 'public domain' (An El Nino in the info age)

By Vishwas H Devaiah

The world is at war over the ownership of 'intangible ideas'. The war is being waged between the developed and developing worlds. The major aggressors in this battle are giant business corporations and nations belonging to the industrially advanced world, which are attempting to combat stiff competition from industrially developing nations of the global South. But whose knowledge is it anyway? This section demystifies the debate over GATT, TRIPS, the WTO, and more.

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