Book Piracy

Book Piracy

Authors Say Amazon Ignores Fraud as Book Piracy Flourishes

Angry authors, publishers and customers say that Amazon is rife with counterfeit books—and is doing virtually nothing to stop the perpetrators. Pirated books include fiction and non-fiction, but the problem is especially widespread with textbooks since their high prices attract pirates.  Authors and legitimate publishers are hurt by lost revenues, but readers are also victims …

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Anime and Manga Piracy Now Worth Billions, Hurts Artists

The popularity of Japanese anime and manga, a particular style of Japanese comic books, has attracted the attention of pirates. Anime and manga piracy has flourished since the pandemic, which costs the growing industry billions of dollars. In 2020, manga sales were slated to reach 612.6 billion yen, which is approximately U.S. $4.6 billion. This …

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Textbook Publishers Sue Shopify for Copyright Violations

On Wednesday, five major textbook publishers sued Shopify, accusing the Canadian e-commerce company of letting its vendors repeatedly commit digital piracy. This trademark and copyright infringement case was filed jointly by McGraw Hill, Pearson, Macmillan, Elsevier and Cengage. Shopify, based in Ottawa, was first launched in 2006 as a platform to sell snowboarding equipment. It …

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