Letters to the editor

Published: September 27, 2016 6:20 AM

Photocopying copyrighted material is unethical. Giving unbridled access to photocopiers to print unlimited copies of copyrighted books as course-material would be a grave injustice to the publication houses and authors.

Publishers over photocopiers

This refers to the editorial “Right to Photocopy” (FE, September 24), in the backdrop of the Delhi High Court allowing students to photocopy texts. Photocopying copyrighted material is unethical. Giving unbridled access to photocopiers to print unlimited copies of copyrighted books as course-material would be a grave injustice to the publication houses and authors.

The issue is not to make available cheap learning material to students, but to check the unlimited aspects of the thriving photocopying culture. Rather than asking students to photocopy an entire book, colleges can take the initiative to design their own course-materials, specifically made out-of-those same copyrighted books.

It is the unavailability of books in college libraries which forces a student to find alternative means, thus, more books must be provided in libraries to check photocopying. A rule of cooling-off period must be devised to prevent photocopying of freshly published books.

Gaurav Singhal, Rewari (Haryana)

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