Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Create 4 India Forum, 08 August 2017

Koan Advisory provided knowledge support to the Digital India Foundation for a conference on the creative economy, on 08 August 2017.

The agenda and snapshots are provided below.

Create 4 India 2017
Driving Economic Growth through Creative Industries

Creativity and innovation are intrinsic to progress and growth of nations. For centuries, creators have pushed the limits of human ingenuity and innovation, and concomitantly redefined the boundaries of technological change. This phenomenon has accelerated with ‘convergence’ in technologies and modes of content delivery – wherein artists, writers, music composers, directors, and several other creative stakeholders, generate creative content which is consumed by society through disparate means of ‘carriage’, ranging from cable TV to broadband enabled mobile phones. This convergence necessitates an ecosystem approach towards the creative economy’s growth and regulation. This inaugural forum will discuss ways to unlock the creative economy’s potential in the context of this convergence, and in doing so, discover pathways to sustained and resilient service sector growth.

Date – 08 August 2017
Venue – The Leela, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

10.00 – 10.30:                         Registration and Tea/Coffee

10.30 – 10.45:                         Welcome Remarks: Innovation and the Service Sector
Arvind Gupta, Founder, Digital India Foundation

10.45 – 11.15:                         Inaugural Address: Creativity and Society
Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharti

11.15 – 11.30:                         Report Launch: Promoting the Creative Economy: India’s USD 100 Billion Imperative
11.30 – 13.00:                         Panel Discussion: Digital Disruptions and the Future of Services

India’s ‘emergence’ on the global economic map has been driven by its robust services sector. Its GDP has grown from a lowbase, with relatively low levels of capital formation in the pre-liberalisation years, into a US$ 2 trillion economy today, withhigh savings and investment rates. However, sustained growth in services over the long term is not inevitable; particularly as exports have been sluggish andtrade protectionism is on the rise globally. The panel will focus on how the services sector can leverage digital disruptions and unleash potential of the creative economy to bolster the services sector.
Moderated by: Samir Saran, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation

AbhirajBahl, Co-Founder, Urban Clap
Vijay Nair, CEO, Only Much Louder Entertainment
Chiki Sarkar, CEO, Juggernaut Books
Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar

13.00 – 14.00:                         Lunch

14.00 – 15.30:                         Panel Discussion: Creativity, Regulation, and the Virtuous Cycle

The creative economy has propelled multi-billion dollar brands, enhanced India's soft power projection, engaged thousands of entrepreneurs, provided platforms for timely dissemination of vital information and news and contributed significantly to service sector growth. Although its impact is felt globally, the relative contribution of India's creative economy to the GDP (0.9 per cent), is less than in the case of most emerging market counterparts. Progressive policies and regulations can potentially create the much-desired cycles of investments, innovation, and consumption, which can in turn generate higher value in the creative economy.

Moderated by: Vipin Aggarwal, Former Professor, Gujarat National Law University

Pushpendra Rai, Former Director, World Intellectual Property Organisation
Apar Gupta, Advocate, Delhi High Court and Supreme Court
Gopal Jain, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court
Vidya S. Nath, Director, Frost and Sullivan

15.30 – 16.00:                         Tea Break

16.00 – 16.45:                      Creator’s Perspective 
Barkha Dutt, Author & Contributing Columnist, Washington Post

17.00 – 17:30:                      Fire Side Chat: Convergence and the Creative Economy
R.S. Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

§  Evolution of technology and the role of the regulator
§  Building resilience in network infrastructure to keep pace with consumer demand for content consumption
§  Balancing consumer and industry concerns 

17.30 – 17.45:                         Closing Remarks/ Vote of Thanks

Seminar on Content Delivery Networks, 04 August, 2017

Koan Advisory helped coordinate an event on Content Delivery Networks at the National Institute for Public Finance and Policy on 04 August 2017. The agenda and snapshot are shared below.

With 422.19 million subscribers, India represents the second largest internet user base in the world, and by 2020, this number is expected to increase to 730 million. Internet traffic in India is also expected to grow commensurately, from 1.2 exabytes per month to 4.7 exabytes per month , and multimedia, particularly video, will account for a large share of this growth in bandwidth consumption. Today, video constitutes 57 percent of bandwidth consumption in India, and is expected to increase to 76 percent by 2021. This ever-increasing rate of consumption will require a significant shift in how internet traffic is delivered.

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are a key infrastructure component for Internet Service Providers and Content Platforms to scale efficiently to meet this constant increase in demand. As geographically distributed platforms, CDNs facilitate delivery of media-rich web content to all manner of internet-connected devices - from the smallest phone to the largest 4k TV. CDNs bring efficiencies into networks while driving down costs and congestion. This seminar examined how CDNs bring value to networks, discussed best practices and drew from relevant experiences from other regions.

Speaker profile:
Michael K. Smith is the Director of APAC Interconnection for Netflix and leads the team responsible for building strategic partnerships between Netflix and service providers in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Smith has been involved in Internet engineering, operations and governance since 1995 and is passionate about promoting the growth and stability of the Internet while helping make it an accessible resource for everyone. Mr. Smith holds a Master’s Degree in Japanese Studies from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Conference on Copyright and the Creative Economy, Mumbai, 21 July 2017

On 21 July 2017, Koan Advisory provided knowledge support to FICCI, DIPP and the IPAB in a conference on Copyright and the Creative Economy. The agenda and snapshots are provided below:


Conference on
21st July 2017
Sofitel Hotel, Mumbai

Copyright is an exclusive and assignable legal right given to creators of literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works and the producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings, to benefit society as a whole. It is generally less well understood than other intellectual property rights such as patents and trademarks in the Indian context. It is often equated narrowly with fighting piracy, whereas it has far more extensive applications, particularly in terms of promoting creativity, diversity, innovation and generating value. Copyright has come into its own in the digital age and it has helped created trillions of dollars in value globally.  In advanced markets such as the US, where copyright is founded on Constitutional goals such as promoting the progress of science and useful arts, the creative economy has also generated over 7.5 million jobs.
A few important developments have taken place recently in the copyright sphere in India. In 2012, the Copyright Act, 1957, was amended for a sixth time, to bring it at par with international benchmarks, as well as to reform and refine the functions of the erstwhile Copyright Board (appellate board for adjudicating copyright disputes). In 2016, the National IPR Policy was announced which brought the administration of copyright under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, and highlighted the intrinsic linkages between commercialization, consumer choice and creativity. Most recently, the Finance Act has merged the Copyright Board with the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB).
Internationally, the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has been charged with the mandate of updating ‘limitations and exceptions’ such as fair use and the rights of broadcasting organizations. While, India has a record of compliance with international norms, the ongoing discussions at WIPO and India’s evolving creative ecosystem, necessitate consensus-building among relevant stakeholders and this could bolster the Government in the ongoing multilateral negotiations on proposed international treaties
Copyright promotes the virtuous cycle of creativity, innovation, and consumption for all categories of rights holders i.e. copyright holders, and other related right holders. It ensures equitable remuneration for authors and multiple market-based methods of contracting and tariff collection. The time to establish a forward-looking agenda and supportive best practices to realize the vast potential of India’s creative industries is right. The proposed seminar in Mumbai will provide an opportunity for relevant stakeholders and experts to exchange views on emerging trends and concerns relating to copyright and the creative economy.

10.00 – 10.30
                                         Registration/Tea and Coffee
                                                                              Inaugural   Session
10.30 – 11.30

Welcome Remarks: Mr Arun Chawla, Deputy Secretary general, FICCI

Special Address: Mr Uday Shankar, Chairman FICCI Entertainment Committee; Chairman and CEO, Star India

Keynote Address: Mr O.P. Gupta, Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademark, Government of India

Concluding Address: Mr Narendra Sabharwal, Chair, FICCI IP Committee & Former Deputy Director General, WIPO

11.30 - 12.30
Session I
Driving Economic Growth through Creative Industries

Driving Questions
·      Who are the different stakeholders in the copyright ecosystem and how do they create value for the Indian economy?
·      What is the growth potential for creative industries in India and where are the challenges?
·      What should India’s aspirational benchmark for growth in the creative industries be and what is the road towards this?

·      Moderator: Mr. Ameet Dutta, Partner, Saikrishna & Associates

·      Mr. Sushil Satpute, Director, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India
·      Ms. Aditi Maheshwari-Goyal, Director, Copyrights and Translation Department, Vani Prakashan
·      Mr Vikas Gupta, President, Association of Publishers in India & MD, Wiley India
·      Mr. Uday Singh, Managing Director, Motion Picture Distributers Association (India) Pvt. Ltd
·      Mr. Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios
12.30 – 12.45
Tea/Coffee Break
12.45 – 13.45
Session II
Copyright and Access to Creative Content

Driving Questions
·      How does online licensing through Creative Commons promote fair use?
·      What are suitable global practices in collective management and up to date public information management of copyright?
·      What is the future of copyright societies in India – what stage of evolution of an industry or a market warrants formation of such societies?

Moderator: Mr. Hemant Singh, Founder & Managing Partner, Inttl Advocare

·      Mr. Javed Akhtar, Chairman, Indian Performing Rights Society
·      Mr. Vikram Mehra, Managing Director, Saregama
·      Mr. Blaise Fernandes, President and CEO, Indian Music Industry
·      Mr. Ratnesh Jha, Co-Chair, FICCI Publishing Committee & MD, Cambridge University Press
·      Mr. Vijay Nair, CEO, Only Much Louder
13.45 -14.30
Networking Lunch
14.30 – 15.45
Session III
The Future of Copyright in a Converged Ecosystem

Driving Questions
·      How has the evolution of digital technologies and networks affected the delivery of copyrighted works to society?
·      How are digital disruptions shaping priorities of stakeholders within the creative economy?
·      What is the impact of consumer choice on innovation and creativity in a converged ecosystem?
Moderator: Vivan Sharan, Partner, Koan Advisory Group

Proposed speakers:
·      Mr. Ananth Padmanabhan, Fellow, Carnegie India
·      Mr. Arun Sukumar, Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
·      Mr. Sudipto Banerjee, Consultant, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
·      Ms. Vidya S. Nath, Director, Digital Media Practice, Frost & Sullivan
·      Ms. NS Nappinai, Advocate, Supreme Court
15.45 – 16.45
Session IV
The Role of Regulators in Promoting Copyright

Driving Questions
·      What regulatory support needs to be extended to copyright industries so that the creative economy can realize its potential?
·      How can the IPAB work with ecosystem stakeholders in ensuring that the copyright industries can generate economic and societal value?
·      What are the lessons from copyright management internationally that the can inform the IPAB’s priorities in the copyright sphere?

Moderator: Mr Kushan Mitra, Managing Editor, Pioneer

Proposed speakers:
·      Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Chaswal, Acting Chairman, Intellectual Property Appeallate Board (IPAB)
·      Mr. Vipin Aggarwal, Former Director & Senior Attorney, Microsoft India and former Professor, Gujarat National Law University
·      Mr. Anish Chandy, Head of Business Development and Sales, Juggernaut
16.45 – 17.00
Concluding Remarks: FICCI