Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Threats To Free Access To Information

Harsh Gagrani, National Law Institute, Bhopal, has published Axing the Access - Threats to Free Access to Information Especially in Digital Media.  It is forthcoming in IPost. Here is the abstract.

The dawn of digital technologies in the latter half of the twentieth century has worried the copyright enthusiasts, mainly because of the ease with which information can flow through such technologies, including a vast world of copyrighted materials. Legislations are being enacted and technological mechanisms are being used to control such free flow of information. In the author’s opinion, excessively regulating the digital media can impede creativity and innovation. As will be shown in the essay with the help of examples from the past, creativity has flourished only in a culture reasonably balanced in the favour of public, as opposed to the copyright owners. The author has suggested that digital media should not be treated as a threat to the copyright owners, but should be used by the authors as well as by the lawmakers to promote reasonable flow of information to inspire creativity and inventiveness.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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