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Unravelling the divine: Will the real Vyasa please stand up?

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 15 Jul 2012
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location
Moolgaokar Hall


Will the real Vyasa please stand up?  What can Copyright learn from the Epics

The Ramayana and the Mahabharata are both instances of a live and vibrant cultural tradition that moves between the domains of storytelling and text, performance and contestation, ritual and religion. The epics are also marked by their plurality and diversity and it would be impossible to identify a single version of either of the epics given that they are marked by multiple regional variations. How do these epic traditions deal with questions of authorship, originality and ownership- domains that have now been claimed by intellectual property? How do these traditions intersect with modern ideas of intellectual property? In what manner may we think of the ‘properties’ of cultural traditions versus cultural traditions as property. This talk opens out questions of how we think of cultural property in a vexed age where culture is under the threat of being swallowed by the idea of property

Date: July 15, 2012

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Venue: Moolgaokar Hall, ICC Chambers, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune

Lawrence Liang   Lawrence, a graduate form National Law School subsequently pursued his Masters degree in Warwick, England on a Chevening Scholarship. His key areas of interest are law, technology and culture, the politics of copyright and he has been working closely with Sarai, New Delhi on a joint research project Intellectual Property and the Knowledge/Culture Commons. A keen follower of the open source movement in software, Lawrence has been working on ways of translating the open source ideas into the cultural domain.