BARPETA, Nov 29 � Chandra Prakash, a leading publishing house of Guwahati, has alleged violation of the Copyright Act by a business establishment here. A press release issued on Friday by Dr Rabindra Mohan Sarma, proprietor of Chandra Prakash, stated that his establishment has contributed a lot towards the academic development of the State by publishing a large number of books related to education.
Dr Sarma regretted that some unscrupulous businessmen have been selling photocopies of books published by his firm by violating the Copyright Act. Chandra Prakash has come to know that Daize Stores, situated at Muslimpatty in Barpeta, has been selling photocopies of its books at several places, including the remote and interior areas, he added.
The release stated that Chandra Prakash has recently published three books for Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for madrassas namely, Madrassa TET for Assistant Teachers, HS (Pre-Senior Section), Madrassa TET for Assistant Teachers, BA, BSc, and Madrassa Sikshakar Jogyata Pariksha, HS (Pre-Senior Section). But some unscrupulous businessman have started selling these books by photocopying them at low prices than the printed price. It has harmed the business interests of not only the publishers, but also the booksellers, thereby threatening the very existence of the age-old business of books.
Chandra Prakash has lodged a complaint with the Barpeta Police Station, seeking a proper investigation and the arrest of the culprits involved in the illegal business. The police have registered a case (No. 3316/14 under Section 420 of the IPC) and arrested one Ripan Mirja associated with the Daize Stores of Barpeta. It is expected that more information will come to light after an investigation.