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India Passes Digital Lock Rules That Link Circumvention to Copyright Infringement

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Friday May 25, 2012
India's two Houses of Parliament passed copyright reform legislation this month that includes digital lock provisions. The Indian approach is very similar to what dozens of groups recommended for Canada as it links circumvention to copyright infringement. The new Indian digital lock rules state:

65A. (1)  Any person who circumvents an effective technological measure applied for the purpose of protecting any of the rights conferred by this Act, with the intention of infringing such rights, shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to two years and shall also be liable to fine.

(2) Nothing in sub-section (1) shall prevent any person from,—

(a) doing anything referred to therein for a purpose not expressly prohibited by this Act:

Pranesh Prakash offers detailed analysis of the bill and the digital lock provisions.
Comments (5)add comment

Anonymous said:

How can we get this message into the heads of our politicians
It looks like a nice day outside in Ottawa.
May 25, 2012

Crockett said:

So for every Canadian than is denied reasonable user rights, 50 Indian citizens can enjoy them.

Sound equitable?
May 25, 2012

Wagers said:

Hollywood or Bollywood?
Any wagers on who pushed this legislation?
May 25, 2012

rob said:

Does the word "effective" have some special legal definition? Because otherwise any digital lock that can be circumvented is, by my definition, not "effective". This whole paragraph (and similar ones elsewhere) is thus meaningless.
May 30, 2012

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October 18, 2012

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