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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

e-Books The Latest Target Of Pirates

The music and film industries have been fighting piracy on the Internet for years now, and it's become old news. Author's however have been relatively spared the fight, until now. With the proliferation of e-readers such as the Kindle, more and more digital copies of literary works are making their way onto the Internet where they are being made illegally available, for free.

“It’s exponentially up,” said David Young, chief executive of Hachette Book Group, whose Little, Brown division publishes the “Twilight” series by Stephenie Meyer, a favorite among digital pirates. “Our legal department is spending an ever-increasing time policing sites where copyrighted material is being presented.”

Interestingly enough, one of the worlds best know authors has this to say “The question is, how much time and energy do I want to spend chasing these guys,” Stephen King wrote in an e-mail message. “And to what end? My sense is that most of them live in basements floored with carpeting remnants, living on Funions and discount beer.”

Source: The New York Times