In the latest development in the DU photocopy case, the Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation (IRRO) and two publishers’ associations, namely, the Association of Publishers in India (API) and the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) have intervened in the appeal pending before the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court against the Single Judge’s judgment dated September 16, 2016. The intervention applications filed by them (available here, here and here) were allowed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Yogesh Khanna on November 8, 2016. The order allowing the intervention reads as follows:
“1. For the reason the Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge and Society for permitting Educational Access and Knowledge, who were propounders of the view taken by the learned Single Judge, were allowed to be impleaded as defendants notwithstanding no relief being claimed against them; and additionally for the reason that a very important issue of law arises for consideration we are of the opinion that the applicants are allowed to intervene in the instant appeal and address arguments on the legal nuanced points which arise for consideration.
The applications are allowed allowing intervention.”
The interveners have been asked to file their written submissions by November 25, 2016. The next hearing of the appeal is scheduled for November 29, 2016.