17 Publishers Take Legal Action Against File Sharing Sites


By Dianna Dilworth Comment

A group of 17 publishers from around the world–including HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, The McGraw-Hill Companies and Oxford University Press–have taken legal action to shut down two file sharing sites.

eBookNewser has more: “Yesterday, the Irish-based operators of www.library.nu and www.ifile.it were served with court orders. In the complaint, the publishers claim that www.library.nu illegally acquired more than 400,000 copyrighted eBooks and made them available for free. In addition, the site owners allegedly earned more than $10 million in advertising from the site.”

Tom Allen, president/CEO of Association of American Publishers stated: “For every rogue site that is taken down, there are hundreds more demanding similar effort.  I can’t think of a more timely example of the need for additional tools to expedite such action.”

Currently, library.nu redirects to Google Books and ifile.it has an error message that says “No upload servers currently available, try uploading at a later time.”