4th Samsung Womens International Film Festival

The 4th SWIFF was held in Chennai between 15–23 July 2011. The festival was organised by the INKO Centre, in association with the Women’s International Film Festival, Seoul, The National Film Development Corporation, India (NFDC), The National Film Archive of India, (NFAI), and Russian Centre of Science & Culture. The festival screened over 135 from 51 countries across 3 screens at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture. The World Cinema section…

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Oranges and Mangoes

English (subtitled), 23 min, 2011 What happens when it pours in the desert? Or when mangoes grow where there were oranges before… In villages across India, climate change is real and palpable. Over the last few decades, the weather is changing and so is a way of life. The changing climate affects not only livelihoods but cultures of entire communities. Folk songs about rain and nature take us through villages…

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Persistence Resistance 2011

Edge of Visual Narrative 7 – 10 February 2011 Venue: Max Mueller Bhavan and India International Centre “They (the work of art) are, on the other hand, useful for the formulation of revolutionary demands in the politics of art.” –Walter Benjamin (1936) Walter Benjamin in his 1936 essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” develops his own contribution to the theory of art. Right at the…

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Home / Work

Tumhara Ghar, Hamara Kaam English (subtitled)/Hindi, 44 min/25 min, 2010 Home/Work presents women who work as part-time domestic workers. The film follows 5 women as they struggle for livelihood in the burgeoning urban centres of India. Invisible from the mainstream labour force and outside of all social security nets, the lives of these women begins to deconstruct the ideal notion of an Indian ‘home’ and ‘hearth.’ The women live in…

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An interview with Sebastian Lütgert

Sebastian Lütgert is an artist, programmer, writer, co-founder (with Jan Gerber) of Bootlab and Pirate Cinema Berlin. He has co-initiated a number of projects on intellectual property, cinema and the internet, including textz.com (2001), the cinema archive 0xdb.org, the Oil21.org project, Pad.ma, and the open media archive pan.do/ra. Sebastian Lütgert spoke to us at the Alternative Law Forum in Bangalore and explored the ideas behind many of his projects and…

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Chapter 1: Introduction

Introduction Intellectual property laws confer a bundle of exclusive rights in relation to the particular form or manner in which ideas or information are expressed or manifested, and not in relation to the ideas or concepts themselves. The term “intellectual property” denotes the specific legal rights that authors, inventors and other IP holders may hold and exercise, and not the intellectual work itself. And this already complex description becomes even…

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Chapter 2: Locating the Author

There is a strange irony in the term author. In most usages across the world, the “author” is a common sense and an obvious term. An author is a person who writes something. However, the literary theories sought to address the complex process of creation. Thus, often deeply metaphysical concepts, the positions and discourses around the author have vacillated across centuries and across countries. This discussion attempts to bring together…

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Chapter 3: The History of Ideas

The History of Ideas “Steal not this book, my worthy friend For fear the gallows will be your end; Up the ladder, and down the rope, There you’ll hang until you choke; Then I’ll come along and say – Where’s that book you stole away?” – Medieval Book Curse Pre History of Copyrights The idea that an idea can be owned – is a child of the European Enlightenment. It…

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Chapter 4: Private Networks and Public Access

Private Networks and Public Access: Technology and Copyright law The “transforming revolution” of the twentieth century, the advent of digital technology radically changed the shape of “literary works,” their production, exchange and consumption as well as the paradigm of the debates around copyright laws. The changing nature of the author, proprietary nature of ideas, ownership and control all coalesce in and are invalidated by the shifting nature of the new…

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Chapter 5: Copyright Movement in India

Developing countries have traditionally understood copyright as an area of both commercial and cultural regulation, and indeed, many of them have emphasized the cultural benefits that may be gained from effective copyright policies. In contrast to this approach, the TRIPS Agreement has brought a new commercial emphasis to intellectual property at the international level. In the area of copyright, the focus of the Agreement is on the development of “copyright…

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