In India we have just completed the celebration of the 60th year of Independence. We are all proud that India successfully snatched freedom from the British rule in 1947 after a non-violent Satyagraha movement lead by Mahatma Gandhi. We are also presently debating the proposed “Nuclear Cooperation Agreement” with US.Â The Communist leaders such as Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury and others have been very vocal in their opposition to the deal since they feel that it compromises the security and sovereignty of the country. BJP leaders also agree with these views.
While we leave this nuclear debate to the seasoned politicians, we would like to draw their attention to the need to take steps to prevent colonisation of our digital space through misuse of IPR concept thrust through the WTA andÂ TRIPS agreement.
The immediate concerns about the increasing dependence of the country’s economy on US based Copyright/Patented software and the developments regarding DRM through Windows Vista OS.Â We feel that there is a strategic attempt to first penetrate the marketÂ through development of a addictive dependence on certain proprietory OS and applications and then gradually tightening the screws through new versions and strict copyright restrictions. Finally with a DRM switch the control on the operations of all dependent computers will be held by the OS manufacturerÂ with a power to hold the country to ransom if need be.
We therefore feel the need to start a strong movement on decolonisation of the Indian Digital Space. We feel this is as important as the “Freedom Movement” which Gandhi waged against the British. .