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Online Piracy: Potential economic impact and setting parameters

Ideally, the aforesaid nodal agency should be established under the Central government so that it has multi-state jurisdiction and also can coordinate with other similar agencies across the world.

This kind of an agency can very well be set up under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), which already handles matters related to protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), acts as the nodal agency for administering copyright laws of the country and even works with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). DPIIT also has five territorial divisions for international cooperation and industrial promotion.

Also, if this agency adopts a private-public partnership model, it can even lead to private players providing their expertise on the technology front and also in the maintenance of a central pirate website list (PWL), which can be updated from time to time.

This central agency can also issue directions to ISPs to block websites which are included in the PWL and this will help in reducing the burden on courts and the reaction time in dealing with piracy to a great extent.

Further, establishment of such nodal agency can really help in formulating the right policies for enforcement of IPR and also enable the fight against piracy on a real-time basis.

Source: Barandbench

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