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Authors’ Alliance Files Brief in Favour of Access to Course Packs


Authors’ Alliance (“Alliance”), a non-profit coalition that supports “authors who write to be read”, has filed an amicus curiae brief in Cambridge University Press et al v. JL Albert et al, supporting the non-profit use of academic works as part of course packs  The brief was submitted by the Alliance in an appeal filed by Cambridge University Press (CUP) against the decision of the district court for the Northern District of Georgia (“District Court”), which ruled in favour of the…


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Publishers Release Public Statement on Withdrawal of DU Photocopy Case


As all of you already know, last week, the publishers (OUP, CUP and T&F) surprisingly withdrew the copyright infringement suit filed against DU and Rameshwari photocopy shop in 2012 for creation and distribution of course packs containing excerpts from their copyrighted books. While the reason for the withdrawal is not clear, it is heartening to note that the publishers, in a public statement released on March 9, expressed their intention to work “even more closely with academic institutions, teachers and…


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Breaking News: OUP and other Publishers Withdraw Copyright Suit Against Delhi University and Photocopier


In a stunning development, OUP, CUP and Taylor & Francis just withdrew their copyright law suit filed against Delhi University (and its photocopier, Rameshwari) 5 years ago! They indicated this to the Delhi high court in a short and succinct filing made this morning. This withdrawal brings to an end one of the most hotly contested IP battles ever, pitting as it did multinational publishers against academics and students. The law suit was filed as far back as 2012 and…


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Yet Another Victory for Educational Access as Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Copyright Board’s Fair Dealing Analysis


This week (February 20-24) is being celebrated as the 4th Annual Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week! A week that celebrates the importance of the doctrine of fair use/ fair dealing of copyrighted works in US, Canada and other jurisdictions! There wouldn’t be a better occasion to bring to you this post on yet another victory for fair dealing and education in Canada that came close on the heels of the recent victory for educational access in the DU photocopy case in…


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Del HC Single Bench Refuses Impleadment/Intervention of IRRO & Publishers’ Associations in Remanded DU Photocopy Suit


Earlier this month, in the DU photocopy suit that was remanded to the Single Bench by the Division Bench on certain issues, Justice Endlaw passed an order firmly refusing the applications filed by two publishers’ associations (API and FIP) and IRRO for impleadment and intervention in the suit respectively. He reasoned that the suit had been remanded only for a fact specific determination that concerned the Plaintiff-publishers alone and the applicants had no say in it. Background As our readers…


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Oxford University Students and Others Urge OUP to not Appeal to the Supreme Court in the DU Copyright Case


In a latest development pertaining to the DU photocopy case, a group of 122 students, alumni and academics from Oxford University (OU) sent an open letter to the Delegates of the Oxford University Press (OUP) yesterday, urging them to refrain from filing an appeal to the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court Division Bench’s judgment dated December 9, 2016. As we’d blogged on here and here, this decision held that the making and distribution of course packs by incorporating copyrighted extracts from…


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The Power of Purpose: A Meteoric Moment for Copyright Justice


  In a decision that will go down as a landmark in the annals of global copyright jurisprudence, Justice Pradeep Nandrajog (along with Justice Yogesh Khanna) brings bold clarity to a much needed area in copyright law. Namely that when interpreting copyright defences, one has to be guided by their “purpose”. And not some fancy sophisticated four factor fair use/fair dealing test, notwithstanding that it emerged from arguably sophisticated common law courts. Pankhuri has already dealt extensively with the decision…


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DU Photocopy Appeal Decision: Another Landmark Victory for Access to Education in India


As many of our readers may already be aware, a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court, last week, pronounced the judgment in the DU photocopy case appeal that marked a spectacular victory for access to education in India. In a 58 page judgment, rendered in less than two weeks from the start of the appeal arguments, the Bench comprising Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Yogesh Khanna refused to grant an interim injunction to the plaintiff-publishers and emphatically ruled that making and…


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Report of the Panel Discussion on ‘Copyright and Course Packs: A Collision of Competing Values? at Oxford


As informed to our readers earlier, a panel discussion on ‘Copyright and Course Packs: A Collision of Competing Values?’ was organized by the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC) and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) on November 24, 2016 at Somerville College in Oxford. The panel comprising leading copyright law scholars and representatives of the publishers discussed the implications of the judgment passed by the Single Bench of the Delhi High Court in the DU photocopy case on September 16,…


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IRRO and Publishers’ Associations API and FIP Intervene in the DU Photocopy Case


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…


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