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This book is a critical study of the political economy of communications in India. It explores the ways in which contexts, policies, and processes at national and international levels shape media structures and studies how a political economy-inspired approach can be used to understand both media dominance and resistance.
The author explores aspects of colonial political economy and how it has shaped the structure of media in India and in many other countries. It also discusses liberalization, privatization, and media politics in contemporary India. Divided into three sections—structures, means, and resistance—the chapters focus on both the electronic and the print media.
The book would interest students and researchers of Indian media history, international communication, media and politics, sociology, and political economy.
Chapter 5: The Indian Copyright Conundrum
The Indian Copyright Conundrum
Some of the more provocative writings on copyright and intellectual property in general in India have been generated by civil society organisations such as the Bengaluru-based Alternative Law Forum and the Delhi-based Sarai network. Work by Lawrence Liang (2005), Ravi Sundaram (2004) and others have explored the micropolitics of knowledge enclosures, the politics of access and the redemptive nature of the ‘copy’ against the background of India's many ‘porous legalities’ and its seemingly headlong capitulation to the dictates of the international IP regime. These have been complemented with exciting practical projects such as the establishment by the Bengaluru-based Centre for Internet and Society of a four terabyte pirate archive of material especially for the print and visually challenged ...