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India's tryst with the digital is an extensive project and while much media attention is given to flagship projects, the story is also of marginalized peoples, in cities, appropriating digital leaks, using the digital and thereby contributing to the digital economy. It is this battle between enclosing the digital and extending access to it that makes the story of the digital in India an exciting one.

Digital India is a case study-based, critical introduction to the theory and practice of the digital in social change. The volume—with its chapters on telecommunications, software, mobile telephony, e-governance, ICT4D, software patenting, public sector software and cultural piracy—offers an entry point into an understanding of the contested nature of the digital in India via an analysis of theory and practice.

Piracy in the Contested City: Access, Distribution and Equity
Piracy in the contested city: Access, distribution and equity

Audio-visual and software piracy are a priority global issue. This is not surprising, given the monetary value associated with cultural products, including revenues that accrue to exports of film, media and software products, and domestic consumption incomes that are worth billions of dollars. Increasing revenues related to trade in IP and moves to protect IP are core aspects of the global IP economy today. In the year 2007 alone, sales of US copyright products in non-US markets were worth US$126 billion (Siwek 2009: 17). In 2007, the value added by the core copyright industries in the USA was in the region of US$889.1 billion; 6.44 per cent of ...

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