German Police Conduct Daring Raid on eBook Piracy Ring

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From the "What a great use of police resources Dept" ... Police in Germany reportedly conducted multiple raids this past week on operators of and subscribers to the ebook pirate sites Spiegelbest.me and eBookSpender.me. Munich prosecutors told Der Spiegel and Golem.de that  between 45 and 50 homes were raided on Tuesday as part of an investigation into copyright violations and tax evasion. Police ...

Amazon May Have “a Serious eBook Theft Problem”, But They’re Not Alone

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Geek.com reported yesterday that Amazon has the same piracy problem as many content services: It would appear as though Amazon has a problem with author accounts being used to steal books and resell them under another name, as Kindle Direct Publishing users discover a single author with 37 titles under their belt. The one thing they all ...

French eBook Trade Group Finds Pirated eBooks on Scribd, Outrage Ensues

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A relatively new digital publishing trade group in France is making a name for itself this week. Le Groupement pour le développement de la Lecture Numérique, or GLN for short, has released the results of a two month long study of Scribd. Much to no one's surprise, GLN discovered that the cloud storage service was hosting pirated ...

The NYTimes Uses a Flawed Premise to Argue Against Owning a Paper Book Entitles One to a Digital Copy

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Ever since book scanning became practical (and long before it got cheap) there's been an ongoing debate over whether possession of a paper copy of a book entitled the owner to also have a digital copy. (As we all recall, this was even the focal point of several major lawsuits against Google over the past decade.) This ...

Chrome Plug-in Turns Amazon into a Pirate eBook Site

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I've often felt that ebook prices from certain major publishers were tantamount to highway robbery. Thanks to a new Chrome plugin we can now change that to high seas. A pirate ebook site by the name of LibGen released a Chrome extension early last month which makes it easy to browse the world's largest bookstore and, ...

Piracy Sting Nets $700,000 in Illicit Books in Uganda, Shows the Value of Reprinting Services like Paperight

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A distributed printing network like Paeright might not make much commercial sense in the US, but in its native Africa where the market is flooded with pirated print books, it's a different matter. There are conflicting reports coming out of Uganda this week concerning a major crackdown on illicit printing operations. Depending on which source you ...

Used eBook Website Faces Lawsuit in Europe

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The used ebook marketplace Tom Kabinet is only a week old but it is already facing legal challenges to its business model. eReaders.nl reported this morning that the Groep Algemene Uitgevers (GAU), the Dutch Trade Publishers Association, has already sent a warning letter to Tom Kabinet, demanding that the site cease operations. The GAU believes that ...

Police Reportedly Smash Massive Commercial Piracy Operation in Spain

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There are new reports coming out of Spain yesterday that police in Seville and Madrid have shut down a massive piracy ring. According to the AP: The investigation follows a complaint from the copyright protection arm of Spain's authors and publishers association. It said it had detected evidence of a large-scale operation to scan original works. A ...