Shutting Down Piracy Site

International publisher alliance shuts down piracy site

15.02.12 | Katie Allen

This article comes from The Bookseller.com. For the complete article, visit http://www.thebookseller.com/news/international-publisher-alliance-shuts-down-piracy-site.html

An international alliance of publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Elsevier and Pearson Education Ltd, has served successful cease-and-desist orders on a piracy operation with an estimated turnover of £7m.An international alliance of publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Elsevier and Pearson Education Ltd, has served successful cease-and-desist orders on a piracy operation with an estimated turnover of £7m.

The two platforms, sharehoster service www.ifile.it and link librarywww.library.nu, had together created an “internet library” making more than 400,000 e-books available as free illegal downloads. The operators generated an estimated turnover of €8m (£6.7m) through advertising, donations and sales of premium-level accounts, according to a report by German law firm Lausen which helped co-ordinate the alliance.

The other publishers involved also comprised Georg Thieme; HarperCollins; Hogrefe; Macmillan Publishers Ltd; Cengage Learning; John Wiley & Sons;the McGraw-Hill Companies; Pearson Education Inc; Oxford University Press; Springer; Taylor & Francis; C H Beck; and Walter De Gruyter. The alliance was also co-ordinated by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein) and the International Publishers Association (IPA), Jens Bammel, secretary general of the IPA, said: “Today, the international book industry has shown that it continues to stand up against organised copyright crime.

Alexander Skipis, Börsenverein c.e.o., added: “This case demonstrates, in particular in the context of current debates, that systematic copyright infringement has developed into a highly criminal and lucrative business.”

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Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and contemporary novels.
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5 Responses to Shutting Down Piracy Site

  1. Gerri Bowen says:

    Thank you for bringing this situation to a wider audience, Regina.

  2. Ben Trube says:

    While piracy is certainly something that threatens the current market, it is interesting to look at the historical ways in which piracy has actually benefited publishers. A recent post of mine dealt with this subject for those that are interested:

    http://bentrubewriter.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/publishers-steal/

  3. suzan says:

    You are a never ending source of info. that I’ve never even thought of. It’s great. I’m surprised to see how much this has raked in and how many titles are involved. thanks for sharing.

    • Ben (in his comment above) talks about the benefits of piracy in the early days of publishing, but in today’s world, it certainly strips an author of his/her source of income.

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