May 19, 2022

e-Book Piracy Whodunit

From Crain’s New York Business:

Jason, a 29-year-old Manhattan publicity executive, bought an iPad2 in August and began downloading e-books. He now has some 50 titles, including Water for Elephants, the Twilight series, all of Harry Potter, The Help, and the Game of Thrones series.

He hasn’t paid for any of them, but he doesn’t feel guilty. “I don’t feel like I’m running into Barnes & Noble and stealing a book,” he said, though he spoke on condition that he not be identified.


“Much of the problem can be addressed through technological solutions,” argued Maria Danzilo, legal director of global education at Wiley. “But the sites want to drive traffic with the promise of free content.”

According to Wiley’s complaint, illegal downloads using BitTorrent technology have cost the company “enormous” amounts of revenue. A Photoshop CS5 All-in-One for Dummies book that costs $32 on, for instance, was downloaded more than 74,000 times from

The suit is seeking damages from users, but is largely aimed at educating “people who don’t know [that their downloading] is illegal,” Ms. Danzilo said. People such as Jason.

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