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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...

Does the MPAA spend more fighting piracy than it would earn if pirates went legit?
November 24, 2011 | 6:15 pm

Speaking of content producer paranoia, TorrentFreak conducts an interesting intellectual exercise comparing the number of BitTorrent movie downloaders to the amount of Netflix traffic. Torrentfreak points out that Netflix now consumes more bandwidth than even BitTorrent, and crunches some numbers to find out how much more Hollywood would earn if every single BitTorrent downloader switched to paying Netflix for their movies. Torrentfreak estimates that three times as many movies are watched via Netflix as are streamed via BitTorrent, and concludes: In the whole of 2010, Netflix paid the movie studios $181 million in licensing fees...

John Wiley & Sons sues 27 BitTorrent sharers of ‘For Dummies’ books
November 1, 2011 | 12:22 pm

Suing copyright violators had had such terrific results for the music, movie, and newspaper industries that it’s only natural publishers would step up to take a shot. John Wiley & Sons has filed suit against 27 BitTorrent sharers of its “For Dummies” books. Wiley argues that through the massive piracy that occurs on BitTorrent, their company is suffering severe losses that might cost several authors their jobs. “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...

Author uses BitTorrent to get her book recognized by readers
April 18, 2011 | 9:22 am

BitTorrentLogo O'Reilly Radar has an article by Jenn Webb which is an interesting take on marketing: Last week, Megan Lisa Jones launched a promotion for her new book "Captive" in a (seemingly) unlikely forum: BitTorrent, a space commonly associated with "piracy." At about a week into her two-week promotion, I checked in with BitTorrent to see how it was going. In an email interview, BitTorrent spokesperson Allison Wagda said that as of 10 am Tuesday, "Captive" had been downloaded 342,242 times. Though the environment may feel like a strange bedfellow for publishing, the impressive level of exposure for a new book release can't be denied. The...

TorrentFreak: E-book piracy up in the wake of iPad launch
April 10, 2010 | 9:15 am

Curious about the effects of the iPad’s launch on e-book piracy, “Ernesto” at BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak tracked the download rates of six popular nonfiction e-books during the days immediately before and right after the iPad’s launch. The results, Ernesto said, were surprising. By comparing the data from these two samples we found that the number of unauthorized eBook downloads on BitTorrent grew by 78% on average, a significant increase. It is worth noting that all of the six eBooks had more downloads after the iPad launch than before. However, the...

Study shows 99% of BitTorrent content infringing; Ars Technica blames DRM
January 29, 2010 | 6:16 pm

torrent_types_ars-thumb-640xauto-11771 Though the size of the sample makes it a bit closer to anecdotal than scientific, a study has looked at a random sample of about 1,000 files shared via BitTorrent and found only 1% of them do not infringe copyright. Ars Technica makes the point that only 10% of these files are music, which used to be the reason to get onto peer-to-peer. Now, thanks to the departure of music DRM, there is little reason to go to peer-to-peer since unrestricted music can be bought cheaply from trusted sources—even though the lack of DRM means that purchased mp3s can be...

Another source for Kindle books: The Baen Free Library and Webscriptions
January 18, 2010 | 5:20 pm

baen_logo Many new Kindle owners may not be aware that they are not entirely locked into the Amazon ecosystem. There are a number of places where public-domain books can be downloaded for free, such as Feedbooks and ManyBooks. But there are also places where commercial e-books can be purchased. And while conflicting DRM may muddle the issue with purchases from places like Fictionwise (where “multiformat” books are Kindle-compatible but DRM-protected books are not), there are still places to buy e-books DRM-free. One of these places in particular is one of my favorite publishing houses: Baen Books. Not only...