24th February 2012 by Paul Sawers
The scourge of pirate music websites is well established and receives more than its fair share of global headlines, but the less-acknowledged trade in pirate eBooks has been gaining more coverage in recent weeks. And we’re not talking about Treasure Island either.
As we noted a couple of weeks back, two websites that made thousands of eBooks available illegally as free downloads were forced offline after being served cease-and-desist orders from a global alliance of publishers.
The pirate operation was thought to be turning over more than £7m each year, netted through advertising, premium-level accounts and user-donations. Library.nu had acquired more than 400,000 copyrighted eBooks, and made them available for free on a site masquerading as a legitimate provider. The same operators also ran the affiliated fileshare hosting service at ifile.it, which facilitated the uploads.
Now, publisher Hachette UK is moving to have its eBooks taken off Mobiles24, and has issued a ‘letter before action’ to the site’s owner, Mark Worthington, after the site allegedly made a number of its eBooks available to download for free, without permission.
Hachette UK is made up of several publishing companies and imprints including Headline Publishing Group, Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray, Orion Publishing Group, Octopus Publishing Group, Little, Brown Book Group and Hodder Education Group. It’s owned by Hachette Livre, a global publishing group based in France.
As The Bookseller reports, Worthington has been given until Wednesday 29th February to comply with Hachette’s request to remove all unauthorized Hachette content.
Full story at TNVV Media