March 18, 2005

News & Opinion: Publisher Fights Online Piracy

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 7:23 PM – Filed under: Publishing Industry

This out of pwdaily today:

...Wiley has filed ten separate lawsuits alleging that defendants have illegally sold e-book versions via eBay, estimating the monetary value of the combined sales in the solid six figures.

The suit, filed in the Southern District of NY, alleges that defendants have sold either computer books or teacher's editions of textbooks--the versions not for sale to the public--as e-books or burned editions. The books were either sold electronically via peer-to-peer services or burned to CD's and then shipped to buyers. It's unknown how the titles were obtained; while some could have been illegally reproduced from electronic editions, it's also possible they were scanned from print books...

Unlike Napster, of course, these suits are against users, not the trading mechanism. Nor do they involve traditional trade titles. But Wiley said this move could open up a new frontier of awareness, if not cases, of a problem they think unlikely to disappear. "You can encrypt an electronic book," Kaufman said. "But try encrypting a print book," adding, "We need to nip this in the bud, and not just with a Wiley lawsuit but with many other publishers' lawsuits."

[from "A Wiley Suit, And Publishing's Lars Ulrich?" by Steven Zeitchik]