Oxford, Cambridge to drop suit against DU photocopier
Oxford, Cambridge to drop suit against DU photocopier

Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor and Francis on Thursday withdrew their copyright lawsuit against Delhi University and the owner of a photocopy shop on Thursday, bringing an end to a five-year-long case.They had sued the shop for selling photocopies of parts of their books to students.

However, they withdrew saying it was incorrect to engage in a legal battle with educational institutions.

They had said that the case was filed to “protect authors, publishers, and students from the potential effects on the Indian academic and educational book market caused by the widespread creation and distribution of unlicensed course packs by a copy shop operating from within the premises of the University, where a legitimate and affordable licensing scheme is already in place”.

The statement maintains, “We maintain that copyright law plays an important part in balancing the interests of those creating, curating and disseminating learning materials with those requiring access to them.”

Students who rallied for their educational rights had said that the photocopies were not made for commercial purposes and the Copyright Act of 1957 allows for exemption on “fair use”.

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