Wiley adds more IP addresses to file sharing lawsuit

By libertyc
November 26, 2011 // 2 Comments

John Wiley & Sons has expanded its lawsuit against P2P sharers of its books, adding 46 new “John Does”—file sharers identified only by their IP addresses until Wiley can get their ISPs to fork over their actual identities. This list is made up of people who shared Cooking Basics for [...]

Does the MPAA spend more fighting piracy than it would earn if pirates went legit?

By libertyc
November 24, 2011 // 3 Comments

Speaking of content producer paranoia, TorrentFreak conducts an interesting intellectual exercise comparing the number of BitTorrent movie downloaders to the amount of Netflix traffic. Torrentfreak points out that Netflix now consumes more bandwidth than even BitTorrent, and crunches some numbers [...]

John Wiley & Sons sues 27 BitTorrent sharers of ‘For Dummies’ books

By libertyc
November 1, 2011 // 2 Comments

Suing copyright violators had had such terrific results for the music, movie, and newspaper industries that it’s only natural publishers would step up to take a shot. John Wiley & Sons has filed suit against 27 BitTorrent sharers of its “For Dummies” books. Wiley argues that through the [...]

Author uses BitTorrent to get her book recognized by readers

By libertyc
April 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

O’Reilly Radar has an article by Jenn Webb which is an interesting take on marketing: Last week, Megan Lisa Jones launched a promotion for her new book “Captive” in a (seemingly) unlikely forum: BitTorrent, a space commonly associated with “piracy.” At about a week [...]

TorrentFreak: E-book piracy up in the wake of iPad launch

By libertyc
April 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

Curious about the effects of the iPad’s launch on e-book piracy, “Ernesto” at BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak tracked the download rates of six popular nonfiction e-books during the days immediately before and right after the iPad’s launch. The results, Ernesto said, were surprising. By [...]

Study shows 99% of BitTorrent content infringing; Ars Technica blames DRM

By libertyc
January 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

Though the size of the sample makes it a bit closer to anecdotal than scientific, a study has looked at a random sample of about 1,000 files shared via BitTorrent and found only 1% of them do not infringe copyright. Ars Technica makes the point that only 10% of these files are music, which used to [...]

Another source for Kindle books: The Baen Free Library and Webscriptions

By libertyc
January 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

Many new Kindle owners may not be aware that they are not entirely locked into the Amazon ecosystem. There are a number of places where public-domain books can be downloaded for free, such as Feedbooks and ManyBooks. But there are also places where commercial e-books can be purchased. And while [...]

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