SpicyIP Events: Panel Discussion on Copyright and Course Packs: A Collision of Competing Values?

We are happy to announce that the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC) and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) have organised a panel discussion on Copyright and Course Packs: A Collision of Competing Values?. The discussion will take place from 6 to 8 pm (UTC) on November 24, 2016 at Somerville College in Oxford.

In the panel discussion the representatives of the publishers involved in the DU photocopy case (The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford and Ors v. Rameshwari Photocopy Services and Anr) will discuss with leading copyright law scholars, the implications of the judgment passed by the Delhi High Court in the case on September 16, 2016. The question considered by the court was whether the university departments can authorise the creation of course packs consisting of photocopied excerpts from copyright-protected works. The court held that the creation of such course packs falls within the ambit of a limitation on copyright, thereby permitting the reproduction of protected works in the context of educational use (specifically, ‘by a teacher or pupil in the course of instruction’). The judgment, which has been appealed, has far-reaching implications for educational institutions, the viability of the publishing industry and access to knowledge. 

The panel consists of:

  • Professor Lionel Bently, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property, University of Cambridge
  • William Bowes, General Counsel at Cambridge University Press and Chair of the International Board of the Publishers’ Association
  • Dr Emily Hudson, Senior Lecturer, Dickson Poon School of Law,  King’s College London
  • Jo Marks, Group Legal Director at Oxford University Press
  • Professor Uma Suthersanen, Chair in International Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London


1. A useful two-page summary of the issues and select legal provisions is available here.

2. The event is expected to be well-attended, so those interested in attending are requested to arrive in good time to ensure a place.

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3 thoughts on “SpicyIP Events: Panel Discussion on Copyright and Course Packs: A Collision of Competing Values?”

  1. It has all the indications of being a high quality event. I have read both Prof. Bentley and Prof. Suthersanen. There erudition is not in doubt. I daresay that the tenor of the event would be critical of the judgement. My own belief is that purely on considerations of Economic logic, which is the basis of all IP Laws, the judgement is faulty and bad.

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