Breaking News: Supreme Court Refuses IRRO Appeal in DU Photocopy Case

A Supreme Court bench consisting of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha refused to admit the IRRO appeal. Asking their counsel (Mr SC aggarwal) as to how their special leave petition (SLP) to appeal is even maintainable. Given that the original suit filed before the Delhi high court had been withdrawn by the publisher plaintiffs (OUP etc) and the IRRO was merely an intervenor in the lower court proceedings.

Justice Gogoi appeared upset with the petitioners, berating them for “wasting the time of this court… and taking it for granted”.

Thankfully, this means that we’ve finally reached closure in this case. And students and access to education have prevailed over the private copyright of publishers. At least for the moment.

For those keen on tracking this entire saga as it unfolded from 2012 onwards, see our previous posts here. 

Shamnad Basheer

Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer founded SpicyIP in 2005. He's also the Founder of IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to the leading law schools. He served for two years as an expert on the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2015 for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. The jury was headed by Nobel laureate, Prof. Amartya Sen. Professional History: After graduating from the NLS, Bangalore Prof. Basheer joined Anand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He went on to head their telecommunication and technology practice and was rated by the IFLR as a leading technology lawyer. He left for the University of Oxford to pursue post-graduate studies, completing the BCL, MPhil and DPhil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His first academic appointment was at the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of IP Law. He then relocated to India in 2008 to take up the MHRD Chaired Professorship in IP Law at WB NUJS, a leading Indian law school. Later, he was the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and also a visiting professor of law at the National Law School (NLS), Bangalore. Prof. Basheer has published widely and his articles have won awards, including those instituted by ATRIP, the Stanford Technology Law Review and CREATe. He was consulted widely by the government, industry, international organisations and civil society on a variety of IP issues. He also served on several government committees.

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