Pearson Education, Cengage Learning and McGraw-Hill have filed a copyright and trademark infringement suit against a US-based textbook reseller, it has been reported.
The three education publishers accuse Information Recyclers – a trio of resellers – of allegedly importing and selling “pirated” foreign editions of textbooks, said Publishers Weekly.
The suit was filed in a Massachusetts federal court.
The publishers claim the defendants "deliberately evaded legitimate sources" for the books, and chose instead to obtain illegal copies – what the publishers say are cheaply made knockoff copies – at "materially" lower prices to maximise profits.
They say this is in violation of the publishers’ “intellectual property rights”.
The publisher also say they warned the defendants to stop selling the illegal copies.
Pearson Education, Cengage Learning and McGraw-Hill are asking “for damages, restitution, and injunctive relief as well as "other and further relief the Court deems proper," said Publishers Weekly.