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Delhi University's photocopy shop wins copyright infringement case against international publishers

Dharam Pal Singh owner of Rameshwari Photocopy Service was caught in a four-year-old legal battle against international publishers, namely Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press among others. Photograph: (Others)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 10, 2017, 01.42 PM (IST)

By Enakshi Sharma

A group of international publishers, namely Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press among others have withdrawn the case against the Delhi University-based photocopy shop Rameshwari Photocopy. 

Dharam Pal Singh owner of Rameshwari Photocopy Service was caught in a four-year legal battle to secure rights to provide students with reasonably priced photocopies of course material as against the latest editions of original text which was exorbitantly priced. The case has, over the last few years, attracted international attention as a test case for copyright violation.

The judgment of a division bench of the Delhi High Court had rejected the international publishers’ case and allowed the photocopy shop to continue its business in September.

It was renewed again when Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw pronounced progressive copyright frame and dismissed the claims of copyright infringement as filed by the international publishers and also the management change at the top weren't convinced to carry on a case initiated by their predecessors. 

WION spoke to the senior advocates Anup Bhambhan who argued on behalf of DU students through ASEAK and senior IP lawyer Pratibha Singh.

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WION's Enakshi Sharma talks to the Senior Advocate Anup Bhambhan who argued on behalf of DU students in the case that involved a group of international publishers, namely Oxford, Cambridge among others. Here's more to this story (WION)

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