Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Indian Journal of Law and Technology, Call for Papers.

The Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT) is an annual law journal published by the Law and Technology Committee of the Student Bar Association, at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India. IJLT is the first and only law journal in India specifically devoted to the field of technology law. The previous issues of IJLT have featured articles by distinguished authors such as Yochai Benkler, Donald S. Chisum, Raymond T. Nimmer, John Frow, Jonathan Zittrain, Lawrence Liang and Shamnad Basheer.
The submissions to the Journal are selected for publication on the basis of a peer-review mechanism conducted through an external Article Review Board consisting of academicians and experts in the field of technology law. The Journal is edited by an Editorial Board consisting of students from the National Law School of India University selected on an annual basis through a selection process that tests them on their editing skills and knowledge in the concerned areas of law.
The Journal accepts academic submissions in the form of articles, notes, comments or book reviews on a host of legal issues regarding the interface between law and technology, including e-commerce, cyber crime, biotechnology, bioethics, competition law, outsourcing, intellectual property, related public policy, and law and society issues posed by new technology. The Journal is also oriented towards publishing academic work that considers the aforementioned is sues from a comparative perspective and/or the perspective of the developing world.
The Editorial Board invites submissions for Volume No. 6 of 2010. The Journal follows a rolling submissions policy and the deadline for the forthcoming volume is 15 December 2009. The submissions received after this date shall be considered for the next volume. The submissions must relate to any of the broad themes mentioned above or any other law and technology-related theme.
1. All manuscripts (in hard copy or e-mail) must be accompanied by:
a. A covering letter with the name(s) of the author(s), institution/affiliation, the title of the manuscript and contact information (email, phone, etc.)
b. An abstract of not more than 200 words describing the submission
2. Electronic submissions (on website or email) should ideally be made in Word Format (.doc)/(.docx), although (.pdf) is also acceptable.
3. Text and citations should ideally conform to the rules in THE BLUEBOOK: A UNIFORM SYSTEM OF CITATION (18th edition). However, any uniform system of citation is also acceptable. The system of citation used (if not THE BLUEBOOK) must be specified in the covering letter. The Journal employs footnotes as the method of citation.
4. No biographical information or references, including the name(s) of the author (s), affiliation(s) and acknowledgements should be included in the text of the manuscript, file name or document properties. All such information may be incorporated in the covering letter accompanying the manuscripts.
5. The Journal encourages gender neutrality in its submissions.
6. The articles in the Journal will be edited and published according to the orthographical and grammatical rules of Indian English, which is based on British English; thus, submissions in American English will be modified accordingly.
7. To facilitate the publication of concise and relevant legal scholarship, the Journal strongly encourages authors not to exceed 30000 words (inclusive of text and footnotes). However, this word limit is not binding and can be waived in appropriate circumstances.
8. Authors are required to obtain written permission for the use of any copyrighted material in the manuscript and must communicate the same to the Journal. Such material may include tables, charts etc.
9. Authors are also required to inform the Editorial Board if they have submitted their manuscript to another law journal and if they have received an offer of publication. Authors may request an expedited review on this basis. It shall be within the discretion of the Editorial Board to grant an expedited review.
10. Either electronic or hard copies of the manuscripts may be submitted although electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.
Please send the submissions to:
b. Address hard copies to The Chief Editor,
Indian Journal of Law and Technology
National Law School of India University,
Bangalore – 560242,
c. Submissions can also be made on our website –
11. Upon selection for publication, the authors shall grant a licence to the Editorial Board/Law and Technology Committee to edit and publish the manuscript as part of the Journal. Authors shall retain copyright over their submissions but must acknowledge first publication in the Journal. Unless otherwise agreed upon, such a license shall be as per the standard terms and conditions provided by the Journal to the authors upon acceptance.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Call for Papers Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law

The Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law, a NALSAR University of Law publication, is calling for final contributions for the third issue of its journal. The Journal has an erudite Board of Advisors, and two successful editions already out.

Completely organised by a board of Student Editors under the patronage of the Vice Chancellor and Hon'ble Justice UC Banerjee (Retd.), the IJIPL is now looking for articles by students, practitioners and academicians for its next issue to be released in July 2010.

The call for papers, submission guidelines as well as previous editions of the Journal can be found on the IJIPL website.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

IPLex (Intellectual Property Law Blog): As per BSA report dated 12th May 2009, Software Piracy rate goes down to 68% in India

IPLex (Intellectual Property Law Blog): As per BSA report dated 12th May 2009, Software Piracy rate goes down to 68% in India

IPLex (Intellectual Property Law Blog): Patenting of Life forms and food security

IPLex (Intellectual Property Law Blog): Patenting of Life forms and food security

New Anti-Piracy Law in France

Today French legislators voted on the new compromise bill. In the National Assembly it passed with 225 votes against and 285 votes in favor. The bill (now known as Hadopi 2) will now move to the upper house (the Senate) for approval. It will then be signed into French law. The new structure is suggested as follows. Once an individual has been warned about a third online copyright infringement, he or she will enter a mechanism which will see them reported to a judge. After a hearing the judge will have the power to cut the individual off from the Internet, issue a fine of up to 300,000 euros, or even hand out a 2 year jail sentence. Following its initial adoption in May 2009, the original version of the controversial Hadopi anti-piracy legislation was nuked by the Constitutional Council, France’s highest legal authority. It took a similar view to that of the European Parliament, declared the proposals unconstitutional and demanded that those accused should enjoy a fair trial. On July 8th, a modified version of the bill was accepted by the French Senate after assurances were made that the final decision of disconnection under a 3 strikes-style regime would be passed to a judge. Furthermore, innocent ISP account holders who find themselves accused over the infringements of a 3rd party could be found guilty of ‘negligence’, risking a maximum 1,500 euro fine and a 4 week disconnection.