New Delhi: A signature campaign started by some Indian authors and publishers to oppose certain amendments in the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, vide the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010, in New Delhi on January 19, 2011, has reached the five-day DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2011, which started today. Subsequently, the campaign will travel across the country to garner support from other publishing houses, authors and readers too.
The publishing industry is unhappy with one portion of the amendment in section 2 (m), which stipulates “a copy of a work published in any country outside India with the permission of the author of the work and imported from that country into India shall not be deemed to be an infringing copy”.
The objective of the amendment is that opening up of markets, without any boundaries or “territories” for films, books and music, should result in offering more variety to people, the industry feels that eliminating territories will curtail the Indian publishers’ ability to have India-specific rights.
Authors Gurcharan Das, Jaishree Misra and William Dalrymple, along with leading publishers represented by Association of Publishers in India (API) and The Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP), already signed the petition at an event in New Delhi. Both API and FIP are representative bodies of the Indian publishing industry.