HC re­jects copy­right claims of 3 pub­lish­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Rocky Soibam Singh rocky.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Delhi high court dis­missed suits by three in­ter­na­tional pub­lish­ers against the sale of pho­to­copied books and pages in Delhi Univer­sity, a land­mark ver­dict likely to have a wide-reach­ing im­pact on copy­right laws. Jus­tice Ra­jiv Sa­hai End­law also lifted a ban on the pho­to­copier kiosk from is­su­ing copies of chap­ters from text­books of the three in­ter­na­tional pub­lish­ers to stu­dents.

In 2012, the court banned the Ramesh­wari Pho­to­copy Ser­vice near Delhi School of Eco­nomics on a pe­ti­tion moved by pub­lish­ers in­clud­ing Univer­sity Press, Cam­bridge Univer­sity Press and Tay­lor & Fran­cis. The in­ter­na­tional pub­lish­ing gi­ants had al­leged that the kiosk was vi­o­lat­ing their copy­right and “at the in­stance of Delhi Univer­sity” was caus­ing huge fi­nan­cial losses.

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