Judge Fines Man $7,000 For Illegally Sharing Book On BitTorrent
Who's the dummy now, huh?!
A federal judge has issued a rare default judgment against Robert Carpenter from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for illegally sharing a copy of WordPress All-in-One For Dummies on BitTorrent. Carpenter is guilty of both copyright and trademark infringement, and is on the hook for $7,000 to the publisher, John Wiley & Sons.
Though it's far less than the allowed maximum statutory damages of $150,000 the publisher requested.
John Wiley & Sons recently became the first publisher to go after BitTorrent users in the United States, and has filed more than a dozen mass lawsuits involving hundreds of pirates. Their goal is to obtain details on people illegally sharing their books and offer them an opportunity for a private settlement--but they're clearly not afraid of taking these disputes to court.
More, from TorrentFreak:
Thus far Wiley has enjoyed a relatively easy ride in court. In several cases the New York federal court has allowed the book publisher to subpoena Internet providers for the personal details of account holders.
This means that aside from the $7,000 in damages from Carpenter, the book publisher may have raked in more than a million dollars though private settlements. Private settlements are usually around $3,000 per person, which quickly adds up with hundreds of defendants.
I'm totally with John Wiley & Sons on this. Pirating is illegal (I'm constantly amazed by the bullshit excuses people come up with to justify it) and the publisher has every right to protect its interests.
So, publishers fighting back. What do you think?
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