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National Conference on Reprographic Rights and Copyright Act - Challenges and Management (NCRRCA - 2013)

Reproduction, or copying, takes place in various forms like printing, photocopying, scanning, digital copying in CDs, DVDs or computer disk or as electronic storage in databases. The right of reproduction thus covers copying in different forms like photocopy, microfilm or microfiche, CD-ROM, electronic database, online etc.

In this context, comes the concept of Fair Use or Fair Dealing, which allows use of works without the authorization of the owner of rights and taking into account factors like the intensity, nature and purpose of use, including whether it is (a) for commercial purposes, (b) the nature of the work used, (c) the percentage of the whole work used in relation to the work as a whole and (d) the likely potential effect of the use on the commercial interest of the work.

On the other hand, the right of the owner of the copyright to prevent others from copying his work is the most basic right under the concept of copyright. Hence, the right to control the act of reproduction is the legal basis for many forms of exploitation of protected works.

In the arena of intellectual property, copyright is concerned with the protection of literary and artistic work. The Berne Convention and TRIPS Agreement specifies "the expression literary and artistic works shall include every production in the literary, scientific and artistic domain, whatever may be the mode or form of its expression, shall be protected as such, without prejudice to the copyright in each of the works forming part of such collections". The owner of the copyright of a protected work may himself use the work as "wishes, and may prevent others from using it without his authorization.

The right of reproduction is an exclusive right under the international conventions and copyright laws in most countries. The Reproduction Rights Organizations (RROs), established in response to the need to license wide-scale photocopy access to the literary, scientific and artistic works, controls and issues licenses on behalf of the right holders, collects license fees and distributes those to right holders.

The conference aims to reach a solution as to how adequate services can be provided by the libraries without encroaching upon the rights of the copyright holders. It will focus on the questions of reproduction, document delivery services provided by the educational institutions and the questions of copyright that arise thereby relating those to the management of the same.

Date: 7th - 8th March, 2013
Venue: Kolmogorove Bhawan, NAB - I & II, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata


  • Reprography Service in Library
  • Reprographic rights
  • Fair Use & Fair Dealing in Education and Research
    • Clipping and copying materials into innovative teaching tools.
    • Posting materials for Distance Learning.
    • Developing databases of copyrighted works for education and research.
    • Developing digital libraries.
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Copyright in General
  • Libraries and Copyright
    • Preservation of Unpublished Works in the Library Collections
    • Copies for Preservation or Replacement
  • Access vs. Copyright
  • Copy management and copy protection
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Rights protected by copyright laws
  • Copyright Ownership
  • Reprographic License
  • Free Use and Non-voluntary Licenses

The themes are not exhaustive. Any related matters may be discussed.

Call for Papers:

Important Dates:

Submission of Abstract:

20th January, 2013

Acceptance of paper with comments:

30th January, 2013

Submission of the final paper:

20th February, 2013

Last Date for sending filled in registration form:

25th February, 2013

Limited number of participants will be registered for the Conference and Registration is mandatory for all participants.

Registration Fees:

  • Sponsored Delegates: Rs. 1000/-
  • Students (Post-graduate) and Research Scholars: Rs. 500/-

Registration fee includes conference kit, tea/coffee and working lunch. Registration fee does not include accommodation charges and local transportation, breakfast or dinner.

Limited no. of rooms (Single/twin sharing) may be available at ISI Guest House or elsewhere on first come-first serve basis with nominal charges.

Dr. Nibedita Ganguly
Organizing Secretary & Convener
NCRRCA - 2013
Reprography & Photography Unit
Library, Documentation & Information Science Division
Indian Statistical Institute
203 B T Road, Kolkata - 700 108
Phone: 033-25752107, 25752116

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