Students of Delhi University cannot imagine their life without crucial photocopies as everyone cannot afford to buy those expensive books.
In a big win for Delhi University students and a landmark judgment for Indian copyright law, the Delhi high court today dismissed a case against a photocopy shop in DU’s north campus which was accused of copyright infringement by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Taylor and Francis.
Delhi High Court
In 2012 also the three publishers lodged a case against Rameshwari photocopy shop, a licensed vendor located in DU’s north campus. They alleged that the shop’s practice of photocopying selected parts of books and compiling a collection of study materials for specific courses constituted copyright infringement under the Indian Copyright Act, 1957.
During that time court passed an interim order preventing the vendor from selling the compilations of photocopied texts.
But on today’s verdict, Apoorva Gautam, president of the Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge (ASEAK) told Mint , “I am happy that the court has addressed the students’ concerns, considering that we are a resource crunched country. We had taken the position that a student’s right to such material has been provided for under the Indian copyright law and restricting it would be unreasonable and the court has upheld that.”