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This Handbook brings together scholars from around the world in addressing the global significance of, controversies over and alternatives to intellectual property (IP) today. It brings together over fifty of the leading authors in this field across the spectrum of academic disciplines, from law, economics, geography, sociology, politics and anthropology. This volume addresses the full spectrum of IP issues including copyright, patent, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as parallel rights and novel applications. In addition to addressing the role of IP in an increasingly information based and globalized economy and culture, it also challenges the utility and viability of IP today and addresses a range of alternative futures.

Copyright and Copyleft in India: Between Global Agendas and Local Interests
Copyright and Copyleft in India: Between Global Agendas and Local Interests
Pradip NinanThomas
Introduction

The Indian government’s position on intellectual property and in particular copyright has been shaped by the compulsions of geo-politics and international trade, the interests of domestic and global copyright industries and by differing understandings of the overall goals and objectives of digital policy in India. The government’s position is further shaped by the tension between those who are supportive of the increased privatization of these industries on the one hand and those who are supportive of the country’s sovereignty and independence on matters related to hardware and software on the other. To some extent, its position is also influenced by civil society ...

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