Delhi HC Rejects Publishers’ Plea Against North Campus Photocopy


New Delhi: In a decision which would help students, Delhi High Court today rejected a plea of some foreign publishing houses against the sale of photocopies of their textbooks. Rameshwari Photocopy Service, a modest photocopy shop in Delhi University's North Campus has won a four year-long legal battle.

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The Delhi High Court dismissed a petition filed by publishers Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis in November 2012.

Rejecting their plea, the HC on Friday observed that the act of students getting books copied from DU's library or its authorised photocopy shop enjoys protection under Section 52 of the Copyright Act, which exempts education from copyright infringement. 

"Copyright, specially in literary works, is thus not an inevitable, divine, or natural right that confers on authors the absolute ownership of their creations. It is designed rather to stimulate activity and progress in the arts for the intellectual enrichment of the public," the HC said in its 94-page-order.

The court also noted that students are made to take photocopies of some books as they might not be able to afford to buy the original book or in some cases the limited numbers of each book available in its library.

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