“Copyright is Not a Divine Right”

Delhi University is now allowed to photocopy textbooks published by major publishers, thanks to a ruling in the Delhi High Court in September. The court declared that “copyright is not a divine right.”
The landmark verdict on intellectual property rights came on a case that started in 2012 when a small copy shop in Delhi University’s North Campus was sued by a group of international publishers, including both Oxford and Cambridge University Press, for copyright infringement for their role in photocopying textbooks for students.
The decision was based on the fact that students are unlikely to buy entire textbooks when they only need a portion for their readings, but the disparity between the cost of foreign textbooks and incomes in India certainly played a role. University textbooks cost more than 800 percent what they did three decades ago, while the consumer price index only increased 250 percent in the same timeframe.


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