Copyright Engagement In Creation, Appreciation & Collection

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 to Wednesday, April 26, 2017

City: Delhi/NCR

THE OTHER THOUGHT: FRENCH-INDIAN ENCOUNTERS ON CREATIVITY & INNOVATION A seminar for artists, historians, critics, curators, gallerists, consultants, collectors & museums. WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY, 26th APRIL 2017.

Institut Français India
2, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Rd.,
New Delhi


The purpose of this seminar is to initiate a dialogue and reveal important facets about the copyrights laws governing and protecting the visual art discourse, right from creating a piece of work to archiving & researching it, to collecting and curating the same work. An art-work has its own discourse of past histories and future visions, how must we as an industry promote and protect it is the main purpose of this seminar. India's legal regime on the visual arts is an un-probed canvas, currently facing two major issues: ambiguity (in the letter of the law) and ad-hocism (on the part of the authorities) as commented recently the law firm Anand and Anand. How is this situation handled by artists and cultural professionals? On which legal framework can they rely for their everyday practices? How has new technology brought new challenged but also perspectives of more accessible art resources?

Responding to a general vacuum of knowledge and increasing demand both from artists and professionals regarding copyright and intellectual property issues, this informative and interactive seminar aims at opening up the question of moral and economic rights, obligations and good practices regarding copyright. It will enable experts of the intellectual property and art professionals to exchange, ask and answer pragmatic questions linked to their everyday practices and discuss how copyright can foster creative development. We thus invite you to be a part of this engaging discourse, the first of which begins in New Delhi following which will be organized in several cities, thus probing the questions deeper and arriving at a more structured industry for creation, appreciation and collection.

The first of the programmes begins to address the basic concerns as outlined ahead.


9:30 – 10:00 am
Inauguration of the seminar day

  • Dr. Bertrand de Hartingh, Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, Director of the French Institute in India
  • Shri Rajiv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Intellectual Property Rights, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry
  • Moe Chiba, Section Chief for Culture UNESCO, New Delhi

Introduction and Importance of the seminar by Christine Ithurbide

10:15 –11:30 am
Session 1: Moral and Economic Rights of Artists

The session will dwell into the moral and economic rights of artistson their original creation while the artist is alive and also after his/her demise.

Presentation by Tejshree Savara Mathur, Anand & Anand Art, Antiquities & Cultural Heritage Law Advisor Senior Associate | Copyright Department.

Followed by a presentation on Fair use and Copyright by Geetanjali Visvanathan, Anand and Anand Managing Associate, Litigation

The session will be concluded by a selective question and answer session, which will be moderated by the organizers.

Tea break

11:45 –1:00 pm
Session 2: Due diligence of Art Sales & Procurement

This session will focus more specifically on the due diligence of art sales in respect to direct and indirect sales (that involves the artist, the gallery/dealer and the auction house) presented by Tejshree Savara Mathur, Anand and Anand Art, Antiquities & Cultural Heritage Law Advisor Senior Associate| Copyright Department

Followed by a presentation by Ashvin Rajagopalan, art historianand Director of Piramal Art Foundation, who will focus more specifically on the role and responsibility of collectors/foundations in the manner of ensuring artists' works authenticity & provenance.

The session will be concluded by a selective question and answer session, which will be moderated by the organizers.

Lunch break

Session 3: Building open sources Publication & Online Archives

This session will discuss the importance of Open sources in the cultural domain both in paper publication and online platforms. It will also address the need and necessity of archiving along with its legal structure for its promotion, so as to build an archive for the future.

Presentation by Bipin Shah Managing Director, Mapin Publishing, Bhaskar Kowshik Programme Manager, India, Google Cultural Institute and Sabih Ahmed, Asia Art Archive.

The session will be concluded by a selective question & answer session, which will be moderated by the organizers.

Conclusion and Opening Remarks

For more information, contact
Christine Ithurbide:
Jesal Thacker: