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Hounding Aaron Swartz to His Death

Prabir Purkayastha

29th January, 2013

AARON Swartz, an activist for free information, a precocious talent who had designed and developed a whole host of tools that we all use today, committed suicide on January 11. He was facing 35 years in jail and One million dollars in fines. Incidentally, David Hadley being tried in the US also faces a similar length of sentence that Aaron was facing. Killing hundreds or freeing information that is being privat ...

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 06:46
 
Novartis Must Not Win This Case

14th September 2011

Amit Sen Gupta

 

 

 

"Capital is as terrified of the absence of profit or a very small profit as nature is of a vacuum. With suitable profits, capital is awakened; with 10 percent, it can be used any ...

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2013 12:42
 
Commons as an Active Producer

September 12, 2010

Prabir Purkayastha

TODAY, the new digital age is recreating a number of much older ideas. Producing software collaboratively and with various free software licenses is building a new digital commons. This is not all. We also have the Wikipedia, which at least in less politically contended areas, has produced a new encyclopaedia, again built collaboratively. Music, films and various other forms, earlier regarded distinct from software, are also in the process of discovering the new world where copyright rules only in the courts and ...

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2013 12:41
 
The PMO Dances to theTunes of Pharma MNCs

September 05, 2010

Amit Sen Gupta

SEVERAL recent reports in the press indicate that the prime minister’s office had sought the opinion of some ministries regarding issues related to the Indian patents act. In itself, this would pass as a routine innocuous act. What makes the PMO’s queries interesting is that they were in the form of a paper that was submitted to it by the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI). OPPI is one of several industry associations representing different interests in the pharmaceutical sector. What sets OPPI apart from other associations in the pharmaceutical industry is that it is the key represe ...

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February 28, 2010
Amit Sengupta


FIVE years ago the Indian Patent Act was amended to provide for patenting of medicines. Thanks to the efforts of Left Parties in parliament, supported by several movements and groups in the “access to medicines” campaign, the Indian Law incorporated several public health safeguards. While not perfect, the Indian Law is one of the best in terms of its attempt to restrict the monopoly power of patents over access to medicines.

MNCs in the pharmaceutical sector have been very unhappy with portions of the Indian Law and have tried to undermine it in different ways. Concurrently, patients groups and civil society groups have tri ...

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:47
 
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