Magazine article New Internationalist

Copyright Clash

Magazine article New Internationalist

Copyright Clash

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INDIA

A group of global publishers is engaged in a legal row in India over the photocopying of books and journals - a move seen by opponents as an attack on the constitutional right to education.

Last year, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis filed a lawsuit against Delhi University and a small photocopying shop near its campus, claiming the shop's practice of compiling bound collections of extracts of their publications - as part of a contract with the university - is a violation of copyright law.

'While these "course packs" may cost Rs300-400 [$5-7], the textbook the student would otherwise buy could cost as much as Rs3,000 [$55], so it's a huge saving,' says Manas Saikia, Cambridge University Press India's managing director. He says fewer books are being sold because of the practice, and that publishers and authors are losing out. Publishers want institutions to purchase licences for photocopying.

The court has granted an injunction, banning the creation of the course packs until the case is resolved. …

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