April 20, 2012
Book Publisher Wiley Files Suit Against Piracy Offenders
Enid Burns for RedOrbit.com
Book publisher John Wiley & Sons is going after piracy offenders by filing lawsuits against four defendants.
Wiley, the publisher of the "For Dummies" series as well as a large catalog of titles ranging from agriculture; business and management; computing; engineering; geography and humanities, is going after individual users of the peer-to-peer file-sharing network Bittorrent.
Wiley appears to be targeting infringements on the "For Dummies" series.
A BBC News articles says the publisher claims its Photoshop CS5 All-In-One For Dummies title has been downloaded 74,000 times over a 16-month period. A paperback edition lists for $39.99, and sells for $26.39 on Amazon.com. Additional books Wiley seeks damages for include "WordPress for Dummies," "Hacking for Dummies," and "Day Trading for Dummies," according to an article published by TorrentFreak.
Users of Bittorrent face anywhere from $750 to $150,000 in fines in their efforts to save on the cover price of Wiley books. The lower sum, $750, is the minimum amount due under the Copyright Act. Wiley's attorney, William Dunnegan, told the BBC the company has asked individuals identified by their ISPs as being copyright infringers to pay the fine as statutory damages.
If the case goes to trial for these individuals, the penalty could mount up to $150,000.
Wiley is attempting several angles to close the door on the piracy of its books. In February Wiley, along with a global group of publishers and publishers' associations, took action to shut down sharehosting site www.ifile.it and link library site www.library.nu.
The current action, which goes against individuals, intends to raise awareness in hopes to curb future piracy violations. "Our intention is to stop the infringement and let individuals know that they are violating the law and depriving the creators of the works of rightful compensation. Our preference is to educate, settle and prevent further infringement," Wiley's attorney William Donnegan said in the TorrentFreak article.