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Introduction of iPad means a huge jump in the piracy of ebooks is coming.

January 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Introduction of iPad means a huge jump in the piracy of ebooks is coming.
Nils Montan | January 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Tags: antipiracy, copyright piracy, piracy | Categories: News | URL: http://wp.me/pl1MV-AP

Steve Jobs at Apple introduced the iPad today and already people are touting it as the Kindle Killer. Whatever the fate of the Kindle, the entire ebooks category is going to take a huge jump this year. Where there are sales of digital content, can piracy be far behind. I don’t think so and either does the Association of American Publishers.

New Study Documents Epidemic of Online Book Piracy Washington, DC, January 14, 2010— Nine million illegal downloads of copyright-protected books were documented during the closing months of 2009, according to a new study released today. The independent study, conducted by the online monitoring and enforcement service Attributor, looked at illegal downloads of 913 popular titles. On average, each of the titles tracked was downloaded approximately 10,000 times. “This new study confirms that book piracy on the Internet has reached epidemic proportions. Unchecked, that piracy will drain the creative energy of American publishing. Those 9 million pirated books should be a call-to-arms for policymakers, educators, and every reader who cares about the future of digital and printed books,” said Tom Allen, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers. The study can be found online at http://www.attributor.com/docs/Attributor_Book_Anti-Piracy_Research_Findings.pdf. For more information about digital piracy of books contact Ed McCoyd, Executive Director for Digital, Environmental & Accessibility Affairs at the Association of American Publishers (emccoyd@publishers.org).

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