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A group of international publishers including Oxford University Press will appeal against a Delhi High Court judgement that rejected their plea to stop sale of photocopies of their text books by a Delhi University based photocopy shop.

Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor and Francis will file an appeal before a Delhi High Court bench Wednesday urging the court to restrict Rameshwari Photocopy from selling parts of their books to students as photocopies.

The Association of Publishers in India, Federation of India Publishers and Indian Reprographic Rights Organization are supporting their fresh appeal, the international publishers said.

“We have carefully considered the Hon’ble Delhi High Court’s judgment dated 16 September, and have decided to file an appeal against this judgment," the publishers said in their joint statement.

They argued that through this appeal, “we seek assurance that copyright law in India will balance the interests of those creating learning materials here in India as well as globally, with those requiring access to them in a fair and sustainable manner."

They said that the decision has been taken after “careful deliberation particularly regarding the longer-term interests of students, educators, academics, authors and the publishing industry".

The publishers said that the “equitable access to knowledge is important. But such access would not exist without the efforts of content creators, authors, illustrators, designers, publishers and everyone else involved in the creation and dissemination of original content, and their rights must be respected. Access to knowledge will be reduced if this ceases to happen..."

The move comes nearly three weeks after a single judge bench of the Delhi High Court rejected theinternational publishers case and allowed the photocopy shop to continue its business.

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