Organised by Azim Premji University, Bengaluru
Discussant: Muthu Madhan, Azim Premji University
Anubha Sinha (Centre for Internet and Society, Bengaluru)
Title: Guerilla open access and its relevance for Indian research community
Anubha will reflect on the arc of the guerilla open access movement, and its turning points such as Aaron Swartz's prosecution, Libgen's and Sci-hub's missions, and more. She will also highlight the movement's connections and relevance for Indian researchers.
Arul George Scaria (National Law University Delhi)
Title: Sci-Hub Litigation in India: Why the courts should protect the public interest in access to knowledge resources?
Arul will be providing an overview of the legal issues involved in the litigation initiated in India by three major publishers against Sci-Hub and Libgen. He will discuss the specific facts of the case and examine whether there are any legitimate grounds for granting a "dynamic injunction" against Sci-Hub ad Libgen. As part of the remarks, he will discuss the factors that a court needs to take into consideration while deciding on an injunction application. During his remarks, he will also touch upon some of the important lessons for the global community from the prosecution of Aaron Swartz in the US and the tragic end of that prosecution.