UK Publishers Waste Time, Money to Get Court Order to Fight Piracy by Blocking Search Engines

Book publishers in the UK have just gotten the High Court to block pirate ebook sites which don’t actually have any pirated ebooks, using a process which they did not actually have to follow. The Financial Times reports that the UK Publishers Association has secured a court order to force the country’s ISPs to enact network level… Read More »

Google Shutters Its Play Books Publisher Portal in Order to “Improve Its Content Management Capabilities”

Do you know how I’ve been harping on the rampant commercial piracy in Google Play Books (four posts in the past month)? I think Google finally got the message. I’ve just read on Twitter, and confirmed from a second source, that Google has closed the Google Play Books Partner Center to new users. The Partner Center is… Read More »

Google Play Books Rep Throws Up Hands, Tells Dutch Publisher That Nothing Can be Done About Obvious eBook Pirate

Google has a serious problem with piracy in Google Play Books. It lets just about anyone set up ebook shops in Google Play Books, and stock them with pirated ebooks. The pirates are allowed to upload copy after copy after copy of a pirated ebook, secure in the knowledge that Google won’t do anything more than… Read More »

Google Play Books is a Safe Haven for Commercial eBook Piracy

Piracy is endemic to almost every retail site which sells digital content. Some sites such as Amazon routinely (and sometimes aggressively) police their catalog for pirated content, while others have a more laissez-faire attitude. Google definitely falls into the latter category. The ad network is allowing large-scale commercial ebook piracy to infest Google Play Books. Update:… Read More »