Educational publishers win injunction against unlicensed e-book sites

Educational publishers win injunction against unlicensed e-book sites

Educational publishers Macmillan Learning, Cengage Group, Elsevier, McGraw Hill and Pearson have obtained a preliminary injunction against 60 websites that sell illegal, unlicensed copies of e-books. 

The injunction was obtained from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. This is the fourth suit in less than two years the publishers have brought against pirate e-book websites, and the fourth time they have successfully obtained a preliminary injunction. 

Like the prior lawsuits, the current one says the operators of these webiste use online adverts, often on Google and Bing, to attract customers searching for the publishers' legitimate content to their illegal websites. 

The suit was filed on 9th August and on the same date the publishers obtained a temporary restraining order requiring the immediate shutdown of the infringing activity on those websites, as well as the cessation of the services provided by intermediaries that support them.

The publishers were represented by Oppenheim + Zebrak in Washington DC.