[Wikimedia-l] "putting profit before knowledge"

Gautam John gkjohn at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 02:58:54 UTC 2012

On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 5:48 AM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:

> Mass copyright violation for profit... hard to defend, really.

There is a little more to it than just this.

" in India there are two important provisions which allow for
educational exceptions. Sec. 52(1)(i) allows for ‘the reproduction of
any work by a teacher or a pupil in the course of instruction’ or as a
part of questions or answers to questions. Further Sec. 52(1)(a)
allows for a fair dealing with any work  (except computer programs)
for the purposes of private or personal use, including research.  It
is therefore very much within the rights of the university and the
students to create course packs and to access photocopies of academic
texts and articles in the course of instruction. The fact that the
Copyright Act in India does not lay down any quantitative restrictions
when it comes to personal use or educational use even though such
restrictions operate for other  kinds of usages is indicative of the
intention of the policy makers to ensure that there is adequate access
to learning materials."

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