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Five Reasons Why Course Packs are Legal in India

The recent order passed by the Delhi High Court against Delhi University and Rameswhari Photocopy Service, restraining both parties from producing course packs, provides the context for this post. Quite simply, the order does not even begin to consider the applicable defences and has held course packs


Understanding the Copyright Rules

Update: The Copyright Rules, 2013 have been notified by the government on 14th March, 2013. Please refer to the latest version of the rules for the exact language currently in force.   Having recently notified the the Indian Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012, the Copyright Office has


Delhi University Must Defend

Although some have suggested that the most appropriate legal position for Delhi University to take would be to settle with the publishers and procure licences from the IRRO (a copyright society set up by the publishing industry), I respectfully disagree and state my objections as


Big Publishing v. Delhi University

The on-going litigation between a group of leading publishers and a small photocopying shop attached to Delhi University has all the elements of a legendary ‘fair dealing’ debate. On one side we have Big Publishing (Oxford & Cambridge University Press along with Francis & Taylor)


De Minimis in Copyright

I had previously examined the possibility of using the maxim de minimis non curat lex (which translates to the law will not resolve petty or unimportant disputes) in the context of Indian copyright law. I concluded that it was possible to resist a claim for copyright infringement under the