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Rowena (rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
eNews: Wiley Sues 27 BitTorrent Users Over Piracy; New Funding For Educational App Publisher Mindshare; and More

Last week Wiley filed suit in Manhattan federal court against 27 John Doe defendants who illegally shared various FOR DUMMIES titles on Ukraine-based Torrent website on October 18 and 19. The John Does are identified for now only by their IP addresses, all within the state of New York. Wiley claims in the suit that these defendants "are contributing to a problem that threatens the profitability of Wiley. Although Wiley cannot determine at this time the precise amount of revenue that it has lost as a result of peer-to-peer file sharing of its copyrighted works though BitTorrent software, the amount of revenue that is lost is enormous."

One title cited in the complaint, Photoshop CS 5 All-In-One FOR DUMMIES, has allegedly been downloaded more than 74,000 times since June 6, 2010. Aside from seeking damages for financial losses, Wiley also says the illegal downloads harms the company image: "The damage to Wiley includes hark to its goodwill and reputation in the marketplace for which money cannot compensate. Wiley is particularly concerned that its trademarks are used in connection with unauthorized electronic products, which could contain malicious viruses."

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Larry Moniz (larrymoniz) | 57 comments Even as the action was announced Whitley Strieber and other authors who follow Publishers Weekly's Daily Newsletter were urging Wiley to continue its pursuit of the piracy-enabling websites. Such piracy is the bane of traditional print publishers and could well destroy the emerging EBook industry just as it decimated the recording industry.

It will also serve as a notice to wannabee and fledgling EBook authors that they must also take a stand. Many have a misguided and irrational sense that if enough of their books are distributed free that will somehow induce others to buy their books. In actuality, all it does is destroy the industry potential for professional authors who strive to make a reasonable living from work product on which they've spent many months.

In the complaint, According to Publishers Weekly, Wiley said losses from the pirating are “enormous,” … “The company noted that Bit Torrent users on the site downloaded Photoshop CS5 All-in-One-for Dummies more than 74,000 times since June 6, 2010.”

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