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Literary Works to Braille – Which Exclusive Right?

  I write in response to Dr. Sunanda Bharti's post on Spicy IP, which talks about rights granted to copyright owners of literary works, and which right is involved in converting a literary work to Braille. In  my opinion, the answer is not so complex as it seems. Braille is not a  language, it is a form of expression of a language. It has the same alphabets as the language and nothing changes except the way in which letters are represented. So, converting a work into Braille does not amount to translation or even transliteration. By writing a literary work in Braille, one is making an...

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Accessibility of Science to Persons with Blindness: Miles and Miles To Go


In my earlier post, I spoke about the legal framework for access of information and data to persons with blindness and other disabilities from the copyright and disabilities statute perspectives. In the article, I pointed out that access has been placed at less than one (1) percent and that the proportion of access is diminishing as the universe of information is expanding at a rapid rate. Sources and forms of information are changing so fast that   that accessibility is finding it impossible to catch up for various reasons. Publications, data and materials   are some of the basic elements of scientific...

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Blindness and Accessible Books: From Marrakesh to Marella Gunta Palem

The Marrakesh Treaty

Marrakesh is a busy city in Morocco. It is a popular tourist destination. The Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate accessibility of published works to persons with blindness was signed in and named after the city. Marella Gunta Palem is a small, agricultural village in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India. Less than hundred families live in the village, which has basic information and communication infrastructure. It has been approximately six years since the Marrakesh Treaty was signed, and just more than two years since it came into force. India was the first country to ratify the treaty, and at the time, it was...

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We’re fundamentally an Intellectual Property resource. However, we believe the verdict in question here, striking down Section 377, is a historic moment in our vast legal landscape, and thus worthy of mention. Further, this verdict has implications on privacy laws, and hopefully on a societal outlook that will spur changes in a multitude of other areas of law, many of which are yet to be analyzed in this specific respect. On September 6th, 2018, the Supreme Court of India struck down parts of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, largely on the basis of the 2017 Supreme Court decision in...

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Student Blog Idol

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Sinapse takes great pleasure in announcing the Winner of the Student Blog Idol contest of 2014! Without much ado, here are the Winners: First place: Nitish Chaudhary (decided based on quality and penmanship; adherence to topic and flow; ease of readability) 5 Second place holders: Neerja Gurnani, Archit Gupta & Ankit Agarwal (co-authors but taken as 2), Pallavi Singh and Amrita Vasudevan Congratulations to all winners! You will receive your prizes shortly. As promised, all participants will receive certificates of participation. It was a great pleasure having you all aboard with the first round of the Student Blog Idol contest. We hope to conduct a second round in...

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Terror Attack on the Creative Community

  It had not even been a week since year 2015 was ushered in, that the world got to face an agonizing event. The terror attack on Charlie Hebdo’s office and people in Paris on January 7, 2015 is the wrecked Wednesday that has left people all over the world with a sense of agony. While all of us have felt solidarity to the victims on many levels, the fact that a creation of the mind could beget such mindless violence must leave us wondering where we can draw the line.   For many, it may yet be just another terror attack, not...

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