Shreya Matilal

Assistant Professor Grade-I

Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law



Research Areas

  • Copyright Law in Digital Era
  • Legal Philosophy
The recent mass digitization initiative narrowed down the space between “information-privileged” and “information-underprivileged”. People, cutting across the geographical frontiers and income disparities, are empowered to access digitized contents available in most resourceful libraries across the world. The users of these services, besides accessing full-text of the books that have fallen in public domain, can also get restrictive read-only view of the copyrighted works. The emergence of these internet-based access tools like other digital blessings put forward serious doctrinaire challenges for copyright law. Recently, a U.S. court found Google’s and Hathi’s initiatives to be fair use, But the debate is far from getting settled as certain foundational issues remain open-ended. Undoubtedly, the mass access to digitized content initiatives to a great extent reduced the social cost of copyright. At the same time these projects unsettled the delicate incentive balance of copyright system as content owners are witnessing an unprecedented freeriding of their works. In India giving the public access to digitized contents through digital libraries is indispensable for improving the quality of life and development. Can any such projects pass the litmus of fair use legality? The reasoning in Google and Hathi may not work here as India follows a rule-based fair dealing paradigm. Technically, any digital library can legally provide services after obtaining licence from all the individual copyright content owners. But transaction cost for tracing the owner, seeking, negotiating and obtaining licenses from every such owner would be prohibitively high. Moreover, the owners of orphan works are untraceable for granting a licence. My current research addresses the question what changes the Indian copyright law needs to support digital library initiatives. Can an ex post licencing regime achieve that goal? Can we create a public depository to compensate authors?
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Principal Investigator

  • Building Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights for MSMEs - IP Faciliation Centre Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Registration of Geographical Indication in West Bengal and IP Yatra Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Co-Principal Investigator

  • Defining a Refugee Protection Law for India Demystifying Social Legal Debates from 1950 to 2019 towards the New Beginning INDIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
  • IP Auditing and Assessment for MSME Start-Up and Others Various Government and Non-Government Organisations

Ph. D. Students

Atul Kumar Dubey

Area of Research: Public Law

Kaushik Chowdhury

Area of Research: Intellectual Property and Criminal Law

Monidipa Sengupta

Area of Research: Intellectual Property and AI

Shikha Priyadarshini

Area of Research: Copyright Law

Sumeet Guha

Area of Research: Copyright and Digital Media