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It’s Now Illegal to Download Pirated eBooks in The Netherlands

April 10th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Netherlands, piracy → 2 Comments

Thanks3752143560_7fb8c27ce5_n[1] to a unique interpretation of their copyright laws, it has long been legal for consumers to download pirated content in the Netherlands, but that is about to change.

The European Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the Netherlands must make downloads of pirated content illegal. The ruling is not yet available online, but according to the press release (PDF), the Netherlands’ existing system of banning uploads while legitimizing downloads via a piracy tax on media (hard disks, flash drives, CDs, etc) does not comply with EU laws and policies.
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CafePress, Self-Publishing and the DMCA

April 7th, 2014 by Contributor · DMCA, piracy, Self-Pub → 10 Comments

Sometimes, cafepress-logo-300x191[1]in copyright circles, important cases and rulings have a way of avoiding the limelight. With all of the attention recently paid to the “Innocence of Muslims” ruling, a different lawsuit, possibly of greater importance, has gotten surprisingly little attention.

That lawsuit centers around the popular printing site CafePress and, specifically, whether or not the service qualifies as an online service provider that should receive protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
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More Bad Advice on Piracy for Authors and Readers

March 28th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DeBunking, piracy → 10 Comments

It is easy 8637220162_16099fbb7c_z[1]to see why piracy is the boogeyman of authors, and why so much time is spent fighting it and sharing tips on how to fight it. Unfortunately, not all of the advice you get from authors is good advice; sometimes it is wrong to the point of being destructive.

A couple weeks ago I wrote a brief post debunking one author’s claims about Scribd,  and how it is supposedly easy for readers to strip the DRM (not true). This morning I came across another post with equally bad advice.
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Stephen King’s Joyland to be Released as an eBook

March 14th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · piracy, Stephen King → 2 Comments

When Joyland, Joyland-Cover[1]Stephen King’s latest horror novel, was announced in 2012 the publisher and Mr King made a big deal about only releasing it in paper. And when it was published in June 2013, Mr King stuck to his guns and insisted that he wanted people to read the book on paper.

Mr King gave a number of different reasons for not releasing an ebook, including wanting to support bookstores and wanting readers to have the traditional reading experience.
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Scribd, Piracy, and Why You Can’t Always Believe What You Read Online

March 10th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DeBunking, ebook subscription, piracy, Scribd → 9 Comments

When scribd-logo-blk_100x28Scribd launched their ebook subscription service last Fall many in the book co0mmunity faulted Scribd for their past history of piracy issues, and it seems that Scribd still hasn’t managed to escape that specter.
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eBook Piracy Not Such a Big Deal in the Netherlands

February 5th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Netherlands, piracy → 5 Comments

A new 130681834_b1e5661fdc[1]report out of the Netherlands this week has revealed that the Dutch are buying ebooks at a rate far higher than the global average.

The market research firm GfK reported earlier this week that the average Dutch ereader contained 117 ebooks, of which a grand total of 11 were bought with money. This data is drawn from a GfK survey, and it’s not clear when the survey was polled or how many people responded, but GfK did also add that ebooks made up about 4.5% of the Dutch book market.
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Maybe HBO Does Get it: Game of Thrones Again the Most Torrented Show

January 2nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · piracy → 15 Comments

It’s long2888272896_82581cfbc2[1] been said that piracy represents an untapped marker or unmet need, and this has led many pundits to wonder why some creators aren’t tapping said markets. I have made that argument myself and I’ve been hearing it for the past several years, but today I would like to make an alternative suggestions.

What are the chances that a creator might be aware of the piracy but simply decide that it represents a market not worth investing in?
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NetNames’ New Survey Tries to Measure Textbook Piracy, Fails

October 18th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · DeBunking, piracy → No Comments

BBC News 3752143560_7fb8c27ce5[1]has a new post up this morning on a recent piracy survey by NetNames, and it is a particularly boneheaded example of reporting:

Students are the biggest culprits when it comes to e-book piracy, according to an online data monitoring company.
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German Journalists Face Criminal Charges For Mentioning Name of Pirate Site

September 1st, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · piracy → 3 Comments

3752143560_7fb8c27ce5[1]If you haven’t had your dose of crazy today then you’re in for a treat.

Several German blogs are reporting that a prosecutor in Hamburg, Germany, has filed criminal charges against several journalists and their editors. The crime?

Publishing an interview of the operator of a pirate website.
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Springer: “we have not yet seen harmful effects of eBook piracy and file sharing”

August 20th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · piracy → 7 Comments

3622810749_2f4a32fbd3[1]Piracy is often cited as a terrible problem and used as a justification for everything from illegal seizures of websites to SOPA.

As you can imagine, I have always regarded those claims as having little basis in reality, but I was frankly surprised today to learn that a publisher agrees with me.
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