Landmark Copyright Ruling in India

September 19, 2016

The University of Delhi School of Economics has prevailed in a copyright lawsuit brought by three major publishers over the sale of photocopied books and pages. Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis in 2012 sued the university and Rameshwari Photocopy Service, located on its north campus. The suit imposed a ban on the shop from selling course packs. The Delhi High Court dismissed the suit on Friday, writing that copyright is not a "divine" right, but "designed rather to stimulate activity and progress in the arts for the intellectual enrichment of the public." The ruling is expected to set a precedent in Indian copyright law, according to legal observers.

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