The Library and Information Professionals Summit (LIPS) 2015, in collaboration with the National Law University, Delhi, the Society for Library Professionals, the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan and the Special Libraries Association- Asian Chapter, organized a National Seminar on the theme ’Transforming Dimensions of Intellectual Property Rights: Challenges for the New Age Libraries’ on 23-24 January 2015 at the NLU Campus, Dwarka, New Delhi.
Prof. Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor, National Law University said that teachers in specialized areas are hard to find and IPR is no exception. “Bring a teacher who can teach you, we need teachers in such areas”. In fact he said that their University has a group of very young and dynamic teachers from major universities of India and abroad. He also said that their own NLU Library was recognized by the Law Commission as one of the best in the country.
The Chief Guest, Hon Mr. Justice A.P. Shah, Chairman, Law Commission of India, quoted UNESCO, saying that public libraries are an important component of lifelong learning. We profess to be a knowledge society so all our resources need to be spread widely and make knowledge easily affordable and accessible. He noted that there was a real dearth of quality public libraries in India, compared to the West, even though India had produced some top notch Librarians. He set forth the challenges that intellectual property laws bring us and thanked the NLU for its help in Law Commission Projects.
Dr. P.K. Jain, President SLA Asia Chapter introduced the Volume produced for the Conference, comprising an impressive array of around 60 papers. UNIC Director Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman thanked NLU for partnering with UNIC in this endeavour and said that this Conference aimed to bring together people from diverse backgrounds “Many of you present here are experts in one or more of specialized fields”, she said “but for many of us these are new ideas. But it is in grappling with these new ideas that we will together find the way forward, to ensure that libraries can continue to provide free and open access to information for anyone with the thirst to learn”, she noted. “Cooperation to find a middle ground on issues of intellectual property is one of the many areas in which India can play a crucial role, diversifying and strengthening its international contributions and thus its relationship with the UN”, she noted, referring to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks from his recent visit to India.
Dr. Priya Rai, Organizing Secretary and Deputy Librarian, NLU, thanked everyone for their attendance and in helping to make this event a success.
Later that afternoon, Dr. R.K. Sharma, UNIC Librarian chaired a session on ‘Copyright and Related Issues for New Age Libraries’. The session featured an invited talk by Prof. Indranath Gupta, Jindal Global University, who spoke on how copyright could protect databases citing European directives to databases and many other examples of case laws, including of Dataco. A teacher from Amity Law School Ms Isha Wadhwa spoke on Photocopying of Copyrighted Works for Educational Purposes- Issues and Concerns. In his Comments from the Chair, Dr. Sharma endorsed the role played by IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) in protecting and extending the existing copyright framework for new age libraries and its users. He said that there was an urgent need to re-evaluate existing copyright laws to make them relevant for the electronic age. He also observed that rights of the creators/authors must be protected but interest of users for accessing and sharing information must be treated as equally important and should also be taken into consideration.
On the second day, a panel discussion on ‘Internet Technology and Challenges for Libraries in IPR Regime’, and five technical sessions were held and chaired by various experts on “Internet and Challenges for Intellectual Property Rights” and “Policy & Managerial Issues.”
Justice Shri Ravinder Bhatt of the Delhi High Court delivered the valedictory address to conclude the seminar.