Archive for May, 2009
While RC is fighting the good fight for including exceptions for people with disabilities (link) in India’s copyright laws, trouble is brewing at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The US and several other high income countries (apparently Australia, New Zealand, The Vatican and Norway) are lobbying to kill a treaty that deals with the same issue as it pertains to cross-border movement of media for people with disabilities.
Have a look at the following link at BoingBoing for further details.
I am having IPL withdrawal syndrome. And that has nothing to do with the tourney. I just miss so miss the fake IPL player blog! For those who haven’t heard of him, this is the blog http://fakeiplplayer.blogspot.com. and what a blog it was, suddenly I got seduced by something that I have been uptight about, moral posturing and avoiding for the longest time… gossip! In all fairness, this guy was visceral and so much more intelligent that the rest of them mindless sources. So what here’s my take on what we have learnt from him.
Lets just hope not to pander to perceptions and alter it.
Check this out. Thank you blog patron Gautam John!
Loads of feedback post the Readable Beta Release last week. We’ve improved on a whole lot of stuff and the new Beta Release comes out this Thursday i.e. day after. You’ll also notice a whole new design and simplified navigation. So be sure to check readable.in this Thursday evening.
Not only do physically disabled people have experiences which are not available to the able-bodied, they are in a better position to transcend cultural mythologies about the body, because they cannot do things the able-bodied feel they must do in order to be happy, ‘normal,’ and sane….If disabled people were truly heard, an explosion of knowledge of the human body and psyche would take place. ~Susan Wendell, The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability
(Photo Courtesy: Association of People with Disabilities, Bangalore)
Some great news!!! I was invited to present a paper with my comments on proposed exceptions and limitations under copyright law for the benefit of persons with disability. The conference was sponsored by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and organised by the Centre for IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) Studies at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat).
As some of you are aware, copyright law gives the owners of copyright certain exclusive rights with respect to their works, rights such as making copies, distribution, publication etc. Persons with certain kinds of disability are unable to enjoy works in their normal format (eg. visually impaired cant enjoy books, movies, hearing impaired cant enjoy movies without subtitled, persons with certain physical disabilities cannot hold books and therefore cannot read, persons with learning disabilities cannot enjoy books etc.) The objectives of the proposed amendments are to provide works to persons with disabilities so that persons with disabilities can enjoy works to the same extent as persons without disabilities.
Anyways, to cut the story short, the suggestions made by Mr. Madhukar Sinha,(who also presented a paper on the same topic) and me were accepted. The gist of the suggestions are the following:
1. Persons with all disabilities should be covered;
2. Exceptions to cover all formats and not just specialised formats such as Braille;
What also came out of this meeting is that a detailed research paper has to be drawn up for the Government for the Government to take this issue forward and it appears that I will be the point person for preparing this paper. Nirmita and Achal have agreed to work on this with me which is great news.
So it appears that at least temporarily I have become an academic!!! Cool eh?
News item on this from the Hindu http://www.hindu.com/2009/05/16/stories/2009051657820700.htm
Yes, finally. The deed is done.
The beta version of our first ‘offering’ launches tomorrow. I’ll put the link up tomorrow – no more suspense