Flipkart has been dragged to court by Westland Ltd, the Tata Group-owned publisher, over alleged violation of the copyright and IT Act for selling Amish Tripathi’s latest novel ‘Scion of Ikshvaku’ on its platform.
Westland claims that it has signed a two-month exclusive deal with Amazon.in to sell the book through its online platform. Flipkart claims it isn’t in the wrong and is merely a marketplace that connects sellers with buyers.
According to a Flipkart spokesperson, the Delhi High Court declined to pass any restraint order against the company or any of the sellers of the book in a hearing held on June 30, 2015.
The Delhi HC has asked Flipkart time until August 4 to respond to the allegations, but the issue could be diluted by then given that the first month is usually the hottest selling period in a book’s life.
The case is very similar to what unfolded in the court’s last year between Flipkart and Amazon.in over the sale of Chetan Bhagat’s book ‘Half rights be Girlfriend’ for which Flipkart had an exclusive tie up with publisher Rupa.