Publishers win battle against illegal e-book sites

Katie Morhen, 16 Feb 2012 09:43

The combined energies of major publishers and publishers’ associations have managed to see the closure of two file-sharing sites based in Ireland that enabled the downloading of more than 400,000 copyrighted ebooks.

The sites, and, were put to rest by a German court after 17 publishers filed injunctions regarding 170 copyrighted titles, with the likes of HarperCollins, Pearson and Oxford University Press all playing a part.

The sites, which are believed to have made around 8 million euros (£6.6 million) on the scheme, managed to stay in operation for as long as they did by changing names, using false registrations and moving server locations.

Secretary general of the International Publishers Association Jens Bammel said: “The global publishing industry has once again shown that it can and will stand up against large-scale organised copyright crime.

“This is an important step towards more transparent, honest and fair trade of digital content on the internet.”

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