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The Politics of Digital IndiaBetween Local Compulsions and Transnational Pressures$
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Pradip Ninan Thomas, Adrian Athique, Vibodh Parthasarathi, and S. V. Srinivas

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199494620

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199494620.001.0001

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The WIPO Treaty for the Visually Impaired as a Double Movement

The WIPO Treaty for the Visually Impaired as a Double Movement

(p.182) 6 The WIPO Treaty for the Visually Impaired as a Double Movement
The Politics of Digital India

Pradip Ninan Thomas

Oxford University Press

The WIPO Treaty for the Visually Impaired was preceded by the Indian government amending its copyright laws in support of the rights of the visually impaired. This chapter explores the nature of Indian advocacy in relation to one of the best global success stories linked to the expansion of communication rights. The chapter highlights issues related to access to knowledge against the background of global media advocacy, beginning with the MacBride Report and the WSIS. It highlights the role of the Indian State in both national and global advocacy—its commitment to the rights of people with disabilities in the context of the ‘book famine’, in contrast with countries such as the USA and the regional bloc, the EU, that opted to support the interests of the copyright industries. It uses Polanyi’s concept of the ‘double movement’ to illustrate the State’s role in correcting an imperfect market.

Keywords:   WIPO, WIPO Treaty for the Visually Impaired, civil society, global advocacy, communication rights, copyright industries, book famine

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