[A2k] "Book Publishers Shut Down EBook-Sharing Operation"...but hate the work?

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Fri Feb 17 09:22:04 PST 2012

So, why SOPA, PIPPA, ACTA, and TPPA?  To "expedite" even more? Or to
get consumers/taxpayers to pay for it?

See: Book Publishers Shut Down EBook-Sharing Operation


Two file-sharing sites that allegedly made hundreds of thousands of
copyrighted ebooks available as free downloads have been forced to
close, after a coalition of book publishers obtained an injunction
against them.

Building the case and securing the court orders reportedly took seven
months and spanned seven countries, demonstrating the enormous
investment of time and cost needed to bring action against
international file-sharing sites. In spite of efforts by lawmakers and
industry groups to crack down on web piracy, laws targeting such sites
are yet to be enacted.

The European Union's Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has
been losing support, with Bulgaria and the Netherlands being the
latest to back away from approving it, and equivalent digital
copyright legislation in the US - the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the
Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) - has also hit the rocks, following a
mass protest from the likes of Wikipedia, Google and Reddit.

"For every rogue site that is taken down, there are hundreds more
demanding similar effort," said Tom Allen, President and CEO of AAP.
"I can't think of a more timely example of the need for additional
tools to expedite such action."

Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
manon.ress at keionline.org

More information about the A2k mailing list