17 Publishers Join Forces To Wage War Against Book Pirates
An alliance of 17 publishers, including HarperCollins, The McGraw-Hill Companies and Oxford University Press, is waging war against two websites based in Ireland accused of pirating books.
Both www.library.nu and www.ifile.it were served with court orders yesterday. As of a little while ago, library.nu was a dead link and ifile.it had a message prohibiting anonymous uploads, and asked visitors to sign up for an account. I don't know if that's what it's supposed to look like. I imagine not?
Apparently, book pirating is a lucrative business. The complaint site stated that library.nu illegally acquired more than 400,000 copyrighted eBooks, made them available for free, and earned more than $10 million in advertising revenue from the site.
This is only one battle in a bigger war. According to Tom Allen, president/CEO of Association of American Publishers:
For every rogue site that is taken down, there are hundreds more demanding similar effort. I can’t think of a more timely example of the need for additional tools to expedite such action.
You know, this whole process would be a lot easier if we could just shut down sites hosting pirated material. Someone should pass a law...
Seriously though, Allen is right. As long as there are things for sale on the internet, there will be people who will steal those things and give them away for free. I've heard, from a number of places, that one way to cut down on the pirating of eBooks is to offer them at cheaper price points.
What say you, LitReactors?
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