Intellectual Property and Copyright in the Book World, 30 September 2011
Talking Rights in the Digital Age!”
Intellectual Property and Copyright in the Book World:
Franco-German-Indian Seminar on Legislation, Culture and Practice and New Strategic Challenges of Digitisation
in the Context of Globalisation of Intellectual Property
Friday, 30 September 2011
The Embassies of France and Germany, The French Institute in India, the German Book Office (New Delhi) and the Frankfurt Book Fair had the pleasure to present “Talking Rights in the Digital Age!”. This daylong seminar will deal with intellectual property rights from a legal approach, taking into consideration the practice of its application in Europe and India. It also focused on the different aspects of copyright for print and digital content, and the challenges faced by the publishing industry today. The seminar included panellists who are leaders in the different sectors of the industry as well as subject experts from India, France and Germany, in an attempt to seek a favourable perspective for the future.
Mr G. R. Raghavender, Registrar of Copyright Board of India, Ministry of H.R.D., Government of India, Mr Jean-Marin Schuh, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., French Embassy, and Mr Cord Meier-Klodt, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany jointly opened the seminar.
India’s copyright law, laid down in the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, fully reflects the Berne Convention on Copyrights, to which India, France and Germany are parties. Additionally, they adhere to the Geneva Convention for the Protection of Rights of Producers of Phonograms and to the Universal Copyright Convention. They are all active members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva and UNESCO. However, while France and Germany have expertise in the protection of writers, other countries like India offer greater support to publishers. This provides a fertile ground for debate on all aspects of IPR and piracy.