Court Orders ISPs To Block Pirate eBook Sites In The UK
Pirate eBook sites will have to abandon their expeditions, as a UK court has ordered service providers to block access to these sites from within the UK. The court verdict, which was sought by the British publishers, is a strong blow to the copyright violators.
The court decided the fate of seven pirate sites according to Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The named sites, namely AvaxHome, Freebookspot, Freshwap, Bookfi, Ebookee, Bookre, and LibGen, are hosted in the US and Russia.
Number of famous publishers including Penguin Random House, part-owned by Pearson, parent company of the Financial Times sued the illegal eBooks under the banner of the Publishers Association.
“Between them the sites purport to hold around 10,000,000 eBook titles and have been making substantial sums of money, primarily through referral fees and advertising,” the Publishers Association says. “None of this money has been going back to either the publisher or the author(s) of the works.”
Us-based eBookee contains a massive collection of eBooks that offers academic textbooks and fiction books with equal richness. Another, Russia-based LibGen is a distributor of hundreds of thousands of research papers.
One of the other sites to be banned in the UK following the court rule is, AvaxHome. The site is hosted in Russia and can escape any international judgments mainly due to political reasons. The company has not obeyed a US court’s April order of paying $37.5m.
However, the UK Publishers Association is not asking the infringing sites for any financial damages.