Copyright and academic photocopying: The Delhi university case

Banerjee, Arpan (2021) Copyright and academic photocopying: The Delhi university case. In: The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright Limitations and Exceptions. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 304-323. ISBN 9781108671101

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In 1982, eleven days before Christmas, major American publishers tried to play Grinch and stop the popular practice of photocopying course readings. The publishers sued New York University (NYU) and a photocopying shop for copyright infringement, for compiling course packs. Reportedly, this was the first such legal action against universities, with NYU being “not necessarily the worst violator” but a “representative” target. Critics viewed the lawsuit as a tactic to force a settlement and “panic university libraries into signing up” with a collecting society. Eventually, a settlement was reached, and a new photocopying policy adopted by NYU. NYU agreed to seek permissions where none was previously taken. This sent ripples across US academia. Professors shied away from prescribing photocopied materials, while many universities emulated NYU

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Delhi High Court | Academic Photocopying | Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation | Indian Copyright Act of 1957
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2022 04:45
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2022 04:45


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