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Oh, the irony! Pirate Bay to Sue Anti-Piracy Group
February 15, 2013 | 11:00 am

Flag of Edward EnglandIn another story to make me wonder if April Fool’s is coming early this year, Pirate Bay is going to sue the Finnish group the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC) for their anti-piracy campaign that copies the design of Pirate Bay. Not only do they copy the website design, their logo looks like the Pirate Bay ship sinking. Of course, the CIAPC site doesn’t point to any torrents. Instead it points to legal sources of content. Here’s the obviously tongue-in-cheek statement from a Pirate Bay spokesperson: “We are outraged by this behavior. People must understand what is right and wrong. Stealing material like this...

How to Deter Piracy of E-Books
January 28, 2013 | 9:15 am

Why Do People Pirate E-Books?In my last post, I discussed what I've observed to be the three biggest reasons people pirate e-books. Now that we understand the reasons, how do we actually deter piracy of e-books? Let me answer that question for each of the three reasons. 1. I Like To Collect stuff Here's the bad news: There's not much you can do about this one. Collectors like to collect in quantity. They are unlikely to spend much money, if any, on the books. You can deter piracy by offering free books for download, but that will only solve the problem for people who are willing...

Why Do People Pirate E-Books?
January 27, 2013 | 9:00 am

How To Deter Piracy of E-BooksPiracy is an endlessly debated topic. Views on it range from "don't worry about it too much" to "it has a huge impact on sales." What is often ignored are the reasons why people pirate and, from there, what publishers could do about it. I've hung out in forums with e-book pirates. I've read about the subject, and I think I can distill my observations down to three main reasons why people pirate (or why they justify it to themselves). In this article, I'll examine them. In my next article, I'll discuss how understanding the reasons can lead to practical ways to reduce...

Over 1M Downloads for Tim Ferriss’ BitTorrent Bundle
January 4, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Tim Ferris The 4-Hour ChefThe publishing industry (understandably) made a lot of noise last November when the news broke that self-improvement author Tim Ferriss would be promoting his newest book project, The 4-Hour Chef, on BitTorrent, a site that will probably always be associated with illegal online file-sharing. The promotion—a free, downloadable BitTorrent bundle that includes interviews, candid author photos, the first chapter of the book and more—was at least partly conceived as a response to Barnes & Noble, which has publicly refused to carry any books published by Amazon, its top competitor. According to an article by USA Today reporter Dierdre Donahue, a number of independent bookstores have followed B&N's boycotting lead,...

Public domain and piracy: Once Upon a Time and my epiphany
November 20, 2012 | 11:15 am

Once_Upon_aTime_promo_imageWhen I was visiting relatives over the weekend, I had a fairly potent reminder of the enduring power of the public domain—and I finally succumbed to the inevitable realization, that in some cases, piracy is just too much work. On Saturday night of our stay, it turned out we didn’t have time to watch Marvel’s The Avengers as I’d hoped we could. So my sister-in-law instead introduced me to the first episode of an engrossing ABC television series called Once Upon a Time. The premise is that Snow White’s Wicked Queen worked a curse that trapped well-known fairy tale...

More Amazon in the news
November 19, 2012 | 8:29 pm

I’ve been mostly away from my computer for the last few days, due to an early Thanksgiving visit with family. But I’ve been following the news while I’ve been gone, and there have been a few interesting items concerning Amazon. One is that, in the UK, Philip Jones reports that Amazon had to answer to Parliament last week concerning its habit of basing its UK business in Luxembourg where it can fulfill orders without having to charge the sizable UK value-added tax (or what we in the US call sales tax) on it orders. Jones notes that there seemed to be...

New York Times columnist steals ebook, then pays for it
August 5, 2012 | 12:25 pm

This stunt is already experiencing its blowing-up moment on various ebook and lit blogs, so I'll keep it brief. And to be honest, I can't quite decide if this story—by New York Times tech columnist David Pogue—is a truly important one, or if it's little more than a cute trick. Time will tell, I suppose. At any rate, here's the story: In a column published last Thursday, August 2, Pogue freely admits to having downloaded an ebook copy of a Robert Ludlum novel from a torrent site. Pogue writes that neither Amazon nor B&N nor iBooks, Kobo or Sony was offering the ebook for sale....

Wiley sues BitTorrent sharers, gives SCOTUS another shot at first sale precedent
April 20, 2012 | 1:48 am

TorrentFreak reports that For-Dummies publisher John Wiley & Sons has moved to file suit against several BitTorrent users who allegedly shared its books online. The majority of BitTorrent sharers to whom it sent nastygrams capitulated with $750 settlements, However, four users have not: New York residents Jeff Ng, Ralph Mohr, Robert Carpenter and Xiaoshu Chen are no longer anonymous Does. Wiley is proceeding to call for a full jury trial against the quartet in which they will face accusations of copyright infringement and up to $150,000 in penalties for each offense. TorrentFreak writes that...

Download the text of the entire English (or any language) Wikipedia
April 9, 2012 | 11:23 pm

From the Wikimedia Technical Blog (blockquotes omitted): If you’d like to read Wikipedia in an airplane (of the offline variety) or in an area with no or limited connectivity, or install it in a university, or just to have it handy in case of a zombie apocalypse, you can now download a full text copy of the English Wikipedia (from January 2012) in the convenient OpenZIM format, which was specifically developed for sharing wiki content. OpenZIM files can be read in multiple reader applications, the most popular of which is Kiwix, available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Sugar. Start your BitTorrent client and...

Wiley unmasks file-sharing Dummies, goes forward with suit
March 28, 2012 | 11:51 pm

PaidContent has an update on the status of “For Dummies” publisher John Wiley’s court cases against individuals accused of illicitly sharing various “For Dummies” books via BitTorrent. The company was able to unmask 46 “John Doe” defendants, 40 of whom were dropped from the case after apparently settling for an undisclosed amount. The publisher is going to go forward with suing the remaining, now-identified six. It’s not clear whether any settlements Wiley gets out of this case will cover even a fraction of the costs of bringing it, or whether it will act as a deterrent or just make...

BitTorrent Piracy Doesn’t Affect US Box Office Returns, Study Finds
February 10, 2012 | 10:01 am

Images From TorrentFreak.  More in the article. With their unconditional support for SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, Hollywood is pressing hard for new legislation to curb piracy. The studios want ‘rogue’ websites to be censored and are calling on Google and Internet providers to take responsibility. However, a new study reveals that movie industry itself has the key to decreasing piracy, without passing any news laws. In a paper titled ‘Reel Piracy: The Effect of Online Film Piracy on International Box Office Sales’ researchers from the University of Minnesota and Wellesley College examine the link between BitTorrent piracy and box office returns. As hypothesized, they...

Wiley adds more IP addresses to file sharing lawsuit
November 26, 2011 | 11:32 am

John Wiley & Sons has expanded its lawsuit against P2P sharers of its books, adding 46 new “John Does”—file sharers identified only by their IP addresses until Wiley can get their ISPs to fork over their actual identities. This list is made up of people who shared Cooking Basics for Dummies and Vegetable Gardening for Dummies. PaidContent speculates that Wiley’s goal is to force defendants to settle for a few thousand dollars, as with the RIAA, RightHaven, and other litigators before it. However, this sort of legal approach has proved risky lately, with one recent judge ruling that...