A city-based publication house, Navneet Education Ltd has filed a lawsuit in Mirzapur rural court against nine stationery and photocopy centers in Surat including Swastik Stationery, Shreeji Pustakalay, Krishna Stationery & Xerox, Royal Xerox, Radheshyam Xerox, Neelkanth Stationery & Xerox, Radhe Plan Xerox, Varani Xerox and Shree Khodiyar Stationery & Xerox for copyright infringement.
The plaintiff alleges that the defendants which are located close to schools and tuition classes photocopy its books as guide material and suggestions for questions in exams and sell them at a cheaper rate to students without permission or authorization from Navneet.
The plaintiff reportedly said that it usually prints her books for students of class 4, 7, and 9.
“These stationery stores and photocopy centers scan entire books and then print them on legal-size pages. One legal size page contains two pages of reference books. It saves pages also for them. They sell such photocopied material in prices that are up to half of the actual prices of the original books. This is a direct infringement of copyright and this practice damages the business of the publication house”, Navneet Advocate, Tejas Trivedi reportedly said.
The plaintiff said this act is a direct violation of its copyrights and has caused lots of damages, confusion, and unfair competition.
The plaintiff seeks jury and payment of an unspecified amount for damages, an amount which would be considered the statement of their accounts come on record
The case is ongoing.