DU photocopy shop copyright row: HC rules in favour of Rameshwari printers; all you need to know

By: | Published: December 10, 2016 10:37 AM

The HC bench of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Yogesh Khanna, did not impose an interim injunction on DU's Rameshwari Photocopy Service, though it asked them to file a record of the same every six months.

The HC bench of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Yogesh Khanna, did not impose an interim injunction on DU's Rameshwari Photocopy Service, though it asked them to file a record of the same every six months. (PTI)The HC bench of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Yogesh Khanna, did not impose an interim injunction on DU’s Rameshwari Photocopy Service, though it asked them to file a record of the same every six months. (PTI)

The Delhi High court on Friday upheld its earlier ruling which allowed photocopying of sections of various prescribed reference books for the use of students by a Delhi University-based publisher. However, the High Court modified its order and restarted the proceedings. The HC bench of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Yogesh Khanna, did not impose an interim injunction on DU’s Rameshwari Photocopy Service, though it asked them to file a record of the same every six months. The case against Delhi’s Rameshwari photocopy services was filed by major international publishers such as  Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom (UK), and Cambridge University Press India Pvt Ltd. Here is all need to know about the case:

1)  Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom (UK), and Cambridge University Press India file a case against Delhi’s Rameshwari photocopy services for violation of copyright law for photocopying sections of books published by these publishers.

2) The court, in its verdict on 16th September 2016, dismissed the petition by foreign publishing houses.

3) The court said that Copyright Act allows for reproduction of the books “for purpose of education”. It said that photocopying of books by Rameshwari Photocopiers, located on Delhi School of Economics premises, would not constitute infringement of copyright.

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4) Calling the “University” same as “teacher”, the Court said that it has “outsourced” its task of photocopying the notes. It said that grant of permission by the university to a particular photocopier to create “course packets” from the “master copy” of the relevant extracts of various books made Rameshwari photocopier “a contractor to whom the defendant no.2, University, has outsourced its work of providing photocopying service for its students”.

5) In reply to this single bench judgement by the court, the publishers had re-approached the court. The court, in its Friday verdict, upheld its earlier decision with some modifications.

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