A consortium of publishers namely Oxford University Press, Cambridge Press and Taylor & Francis have initiated legal proceedings against DSE Photocopier (M/S Rameshwari Photocopy Service), on charges of copyright infringement and creating illegal, pirated versions of books.
We the students of Delhi University feel this move is another ploy by these wealthy publishers to stifle democratic norms around pedagogy and learning in the University.
- The photocopied compilation made by photocopier is essential for thousands of students from economically weaker sections who cannot afford to buy the original books. Sometimes a prescribed reading is only a chapter of a book. MA and MPhil Courses require a range of readings which is beyond the purchasing power of most students. Most students are on a shoestring budget and photocopying enables them to read and accrue knowledge which would otherwise not be possible.
- Most of these readings are for private circulation and academic purposes and not mass produced or produced for mass commercial purposes.
- Since libraries including ones at colleges do not have sufficient copies of the designated readings, photocopying is the only viable option.
- The photocopy shop is a support base for study circles, helps students by keeping tabs on courses and essential readings, offers suggestions and also dole out old readings free of cost.