ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Copyright and Emerging Knowledge Economy in India

Attempts by global corporations to grab intellectual property rights and the struggles to counter such attempts, have been a defining feature of the emerging global economy. One of the characteristic features of this economy is its rooting in what can be called 'proprietorial' understandings of intellectual property rights. While the designs of global agro and pharmaceutical industries in the area of patents have received critical attention, the impact of the global copyright regime on the rights of local people to invent, appropriate and innovate in the area of media/information has received little critical attention. This article explores the impact of the copyright regime on the Indian media industry and possible responses towards the democratisation of IPR in India.

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