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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > “For Dummies” Publishers Sued BitTorrent Users

“For Dummies” Publishers Sued BitTorrent Users

“For Dummies” Publishers Sued BitTorrent Users

Added: Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
John Wiley & Sons are the publishing house behind the “for dummies” series, which include “BitTorrent for Dummies” – a guide written by Kris Krug and made available on BitTorrent’s networks.

Despite the author’s words “BitTorrent and information yearn to be free” and claims that they would love to see everyone download the guide, the publishing house still went after several New Yorkers to sue them on grounds of copyright violation.

When Kris found out about this, he said that it made them look completely ridiculous and underscored their lack of understanding. Actually, the fact that their customer has to self-identify as a dummy doesn’t make it a great brand. In fact, if a person fails to figure out BitTorrent in 5 minutes by themselves and buys the book in question, there’s not much hope for them, the author admits.

John Wiley & Sons is one of the most popular publishers of beginners’ guides in the world. Their attorney claimed that their intention was to stop the infringement and let people know that they are violating the law and depriving the authors of rightful compensation for their works. In other words, their preference was to educate, settle, and prevent further cases of violation.

The usual strategy in this type of lawsuits was to obtain data about infringers and quietly get a settlement of around $7000. However, this never happened with Jeff Ng, Ralph Mohr, Robert Carpenter, and Xiaoshu Chen, who were initially referred to as John Does in a suit which included other defendants. After failing to negotiate and settle, these four defenders were identified and brought to public justice, with the publishing house demanding for a fine of $150.000.

In the meantime, the insiders of the publishing industry explain that most of the pirated books are coming from the publishers and their contractors, which means that they simply fail to protect their CMS well. Of course, if everything is trafficked on poorly secured FTP services, with dozens of people having access to the file, it should be no surprise when the content leaks.

Anyway, those security breaches aren’t something new – in fact, they are persistent within the film industry. Still, it is unclear what will happen with the unlucky New Yorkers, but just as it happened before, the publishing house may win the lawsuit.

February 21st,2013

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Date:  Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2013-02-21 17:16:06)
skreamer avatarWay to shoot yourself in the foot Kris Krug. Reminds me of Gerald Ratner's cock up.

How can they quantify the 150,000 USD figure? If that is each person, then say at 20 USD a copy (Amazon price right now), that's equivalent to 7,500 copies. Sure seed till you bleed but I really doubt they led to the loss of 7,500 copy sales each (unless legal/court costs are included in the headline figure).

posted by ET loverKitty (2013-02-22 01:09:54)
greymongel avatarLol /agree POST#1 .... THNX for the Articles as always, keep up the NiCe WoRk

posted by (2013-02-22 11:43:41)
vedas avatarThanks for the article SaM

posted by (2013-02-23 08:39:00)
Biggest_Baddest_Wolf avatarKris Klug's still alright in this matter, even if he might not be too popular with this particular publisher right now lol...
At least he took a stand and quite correctly so, in which he pointed out the ridiculousness of this lawsuit.
Of course, it all may be meant to create a hype for the publishing company's next two publications:
"Sueing for dummies" and "getting court-raped for dummies".

posted by Blocked (2013-02-24 03:29:48)
No avatarAt least he took a stand and quite correctly so, in which he pointed out the ridiculousness of this lawsuit

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