The suit was dismissed by the High Court in September last year, banking on the observation that section 52(1) (i) of the Copyright Act is broad enough to cover the acts of photocopying and the creation of course packs by University for its students. A fresh appeal was then filed in October, challenging this decision.
Following this, in December, a Division Bench of the Court had set aside the order passed by the Single Judge, and restored the trial on 2 key factual aspects. Soon after, a group of Oxford University academics, students and alumni had urged OUP to desist from filing an appeal in the Supreme Court against the ‘progressive’ decision. They had contended that considering the rising cost of education, the judgment was a ‘much welcomed move’, especially in a resource-constrained developing nation like India.
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