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Textbook Pirate Site Gets Into Trouble With Danish court

by Pradeep / Jun 29, 2017 02:46 AM EDT
The Pirate Bay

Torrent-websites have been under the radar for quite some time now. The backlash on websites distributing content illegally started with the permanent ban on one of the most popular Torrent-websites, ExtraTorrent.cc. Major technology giants such as Google and Microsoft are also opting for anti-piracy measures in order to spread the domination of torrenting. Now a new report that surfaced online recently states that owners of a textbook pirate site were charged with content copyright crime by the Danish court.

As pointed by numerous leading publications, websites such as The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent.cc, KickAss Torrents and more have been providing media contents of all manner for free for a long time. Content producers are obviously affected by this as their movies, games and music files are being illegally provided to users for free. Observing the success of the same, Denmark-based individuals decided to build a platform that distributes textbooks illegally. The website in question is called Lend Study and is providing free access to students to over hundreds of textbooks. The report further went on to state how the website operates normally. The site-owners initially scan the original copy of the books, and then consequently upload it online for students free of cost. Some of the textbooks provided on the platform cost as much as $45. Martin Lindo Westeraard of University Press of Southern Denmark commented on this issue, stating that if such illegal distribution of content continues to take place then the publishers have lesser incentive to produce textbooks.

Torrent Freak was quick to come to the defense of Lend Study site-owners. The former reportedly said that gets expensive for students to gain new knowledge from books and Lend Study merely wants to make it possible for them to access knowledge regardless of their background. The platform's sole purpose, as pointed by Torrent Freak is merely to create more opportunities for users. However, the platform's initiative was hardly observed as a good deed by the court.

After a detailed case research done on the website, it was discovered that Lend Study had managed to make revenue of around $3,500 until date. The court deemed this as an inappropriate means of generating business and categorized it into a copyright issue.

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