Case against education institute for copyright violation

The Andhra Pradesh Telugu Academy has charged the Chairman and two Managing Directors of a leading private educational institution with violating copyrights of its textbooks.

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Telugu Academy
here has charged the Chairman and two Managing Directors of a
leading private educational institution with violating
copyrights of its textbooks, following which the police on Friday
registered a case against the latter.

The institution, however, denied the charge.
The Telugu Academy alleged that four textbooks of
Intermediate Education published by it were reprinted by
Nishith Multimedia Private Ltd, a printing house of Narayana
Group of Educational Institutions, which they said had caused
them heavy financial losses, police said.

They further alleged that the Narayana Educational
Institutions` Founder and Chairman P Narayana, and the
Institute`s two Managing Directors (Naryana`s wife and
daughter) were reproducing the Academy`s textbooks in
violation of the Copyright Act, they said.

"Following the complaint, police registered a case
against `Nishith Multimedia Private Ltd and the trio under
section 63 (Offence of infringement of copyright) Copyright
Act," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Zone) Akun
Sabharwal said.

The Intermediate Board had given permission to the Telugu
Academy in 2007 to publish the four textbooks, an official of
the Academy said.

Another police official said investigation was being
conducted into the matter and no one had been yet arrested.
Police recorded the statement of Narayana, who later
speaking to the media, refuted the allegations of the Telugu
Academy.

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister D Sridhar Babu said
the government was looking into the allegations and necessary
action will be taken if anyone was involved in copyright
violations of Telugu Academy books.

PTI

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