The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, asserts a claim for federal copyright infringement. The lawsuit against the pirate eBook sites states that the operators of these websites pay Google to place prominent ads in response to searches for the publishers' legitimate content.
The pirate sites' use of Google ads to sell infringing content runs counter to Google's own policies. These sites rely on legitimate payment processors, domain hosts and other internet services providers, all of whom are required by the Court's injunction to stop facilitating the pirate websites' illegal activity.
The sale of pirated textbooks reduces incentives for publishers to invest in newer, updated learning materials and business models that promote more affordable options for course materials. EPEG's enforcement efforts seek to create a level playing field for those distributors and businesses that play by the rules, purchasing and selling legitimate and licensed products.
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